Sunday, May 30, 2010

Welcome to The Blood-Red Pencil

We’re a group of editors and writers, so you know we’ll have lots to say. Our hope is that you will have lots of questions, comments, and suggestions for us. Our goal is to help writers by blogging about what we know best – editing.

You can see from our backgrounds, we have a wide range of experiences and expertise:

Shon Bacon
Shon is an author, editor, and educator, whose biggest joys are writing and helping others develop their craft. She has published both creatively and academically and interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her official website, and you can get information about her editorial services at The World According to ChickLitGurrl.

Kathryn Craft
Kathryn is a free-lance editor at She loves any event that brings writers together, so she gives talks, hosts writing retreats for women, serves on the board of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and is chairing the 2010 Write Stuff conference in Allentown, PA. She blogs at Healing Through Writing and is happy to be part of the virtual community of writers at Blood-Red Pencil.

Helen Ginger
Helen is a freelance editor, book consultant, blogger, and writer. She teaches public speaking as well as writing and marketing workshops. In addition, her free ezine, Doing It Write!, which goes out to subscribers around the globe, is now in its tenth year of publication. She's also an Owner/Partner and the Women’s Marketing Director for Legends In Our Own Minds®.

Dani Greer
Dani heads up the Blog Blook Tours group (and started this group of fearless Blood-Red Pencil editors). She has great information for authors trying to set up blog tours. You can find her all over the Internet, from Yahoo to Squidoo to Twitter and elsewhere.

Jo Klemm
Jo Klemm has worked as a librarian since 1985, with the exception of the eight years she raised her three girls. She has worked in public, medical school, university, and community college libraries and is currently working at Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas as a Public Services Librarian. In her spare time, she is a professional storyteller, focusing on western and Texas stories and Arthurian legends.

Linda Lane
Linda Lane has been writing since childhood and was first published in weekly bulletins at her elementary school. After studying creative writing at Purdue University, she sold a non-fiction piece and later worked as an editor for a small mountain publication. Now a publisher, she edits books — mostly fiction — and writes as much as time allows. You can contact Linda by leaving a comment and providing your email address.

Morgan Mandel
Morgan Mandel’s recent romantic suspense, Killer Career, is about a Chicago lawyer whose career change could be a killer when her mentor, a NY Times bestselling author, does more than write about murders. Morgan’s still available backlist includes Girl of My Dreams, a romantic comedy about a straitlaced assistant who enters a reality show, and Two Wrongs, her debut Chicago mystery, dealing with wrongful imprisonment and its consequences. Find out more about Morgan and her books at her website.

Maryann Miller
Maryann Miller is an author, scriptwriter and freelance editor. For four years she was an editor for Plano Magazine, a slick, quarterly magazine, and is currently Managing Editor for on online community magazine, She has done script editing and doctoring for Stephen Marro Productions in New York, and has edited for several small presses. Credits for freelance editing include The Habits Of Happiness by Mary Kay Mueller, Wind Trails on the Water, by Merlyn Norris, Making it Home, by Daniella Sarquiz, and Garbage by Sandy Montang. For rates and references, see her website at

Elsa Neal
Elsa Neal is an Australian writer, linguistics student, and former Fiction Writing and Creativity Editor for Elsa has a flair for interpreting what she calls the "perception matrix" of a manuscript, and a knack for finding the differences between UK, US, and Australian English usage. Elsa runs a Peer Critique Service on her website, She can also be found on Squidoo.

Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson is the author of nine novels, four comic book series, three story collections, and six screenplays. He’s a freelance editor and journalist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. More writing tips are available at

Charlotte Phillips
Charlotte writes the Eva Baum mystery series with her husband Mark Phillips. They have a great blog called Char's Book Reviews. You can find out more about their books and characters on their website. Charlotte is a member of Sisters in Crime, President of the Houston's The Final Twist writing group, and co-chair of the Texas Library Association New Members Round Table.

L.J. Sellers
L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist, editor, novelist, and occasional standup comic, based in Eugene, Oregon. She is the author of the Detective Jackson mystery series (The Sex Club and Secrets to Die For). When she's not plotting murders, Sellers enjoys cycling through Oregon's beautiful Willamette Valley, hanging out with her extended family, and editing fiction manuscripts.

Patricia Stoltey
Patricia Stoltey is a mystery author, blogger, and critique group facilitator. Active in promoting Colorado authors, she also helps local unpublished writers learn the critical skills of manuscript revision and self-editing. For more information about Patricia, visit her website and her blog. You can also find her on Facebook (Patricia Stoltey) and Twitter (@PStoltey).

Heidi Thomas
A native Montanan, Heidi Thomas now lives in Northwest Washington. She has just had her first novel published, Cowgirl Dreams, based on her grandmother. Heidi has a degree in journalism, a certificate in fiction writing and is a member of Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She teaches writing and edits, and is working on the next books in her “Dare to Dream” series.

So, there we are. The official “founders” and “bloggers” of The Blood-Red Pencil.

We hope you'll ask lots of questions (put those editors on the hot seat!) and leave pithy comments (or any kind of comment). Our comments section is always open.


  1. Looks fantastic!! Good stuff and easy to follow. Congrats!

  2. This is wonderful! I've shared the link with the ladies in my writing circle.

  3. Excellent site, love the content. I would subscribe if the reverse formatting didn't strain my eyes. Any chance you might consider adjusting for the elderblogger community?

  4. We've done some changes on the colors recently. How does it look to you now?

  5. Just discovered your blog via Love your banner!

    I'm a pro writer, so I look forward to reading your tips.

    Laura Christianson

  6. Thanks for this post Helen. Good to rub cyber-elbows with peeps like you (smile)

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  8. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  9. I like the setup. If I ever decide to try my hand at freelance writing, I know where to come for some advice.

  10. Thanks, everyone, for continuing to follow our blogs.

    Morgan Mandel
    also at

  11. Oops, Helen-- looks like you forgot me. So I will introduce myself I am Neil Waring the newest editor on, The Blood Red Pencil. I am a writer, editor, publisher and all around good guy. All of the editors on this page look to me for advice and wisdom in the writing world. Just Kidding—April Fool, but I do love the site.

  12. I have a question that is driving me nuts! When editing this sentence - She was learning how to correctly apply the "kata" - does the period go inside or outside the quotation mark? HELP!

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  14. I feel honored and a bit overwhelmed to be in the company of such intelligent people.


  15. I love this blog. The articles and suggestions are great and quite helpful. So, here's a question on POV. I've read quite a few books that have the h/h POV in the same scene. I've also been told, by my editor, not to do it. When is it acceptable? Or is it ever?
    Terisa Wilcox

  16. I just discovered this blog a few weeks ago and I love it. Thanks.

  17. An awesome group ready and willing to share their gifts with the world. I'm going to have to update my blog roll and include more of you. Have a great holiday everybody.

    Stephen Tremp


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