Monday, September 01, 2008

The Blood-Red Pencil

I’ve added another blog to my resume. Luckily for me, it’s a group blog so I only have to contribute about once every other week! But it’s going to be such a great blog that I wanted to let all of you know about it. The bloggers are a group of editors and writers, so you know we’ll have lots to say!

The blog is called The Blood-Red Pencil.

Here are the contributors:

Rhys Bowen
Rhys currently writes the Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City and featuring an Irish immigrant sleuth. She has just begun a new series about a minor British royal in the 1930s--lighter and funnier than her previous books and pitched as Bridget Jones meets Charade as told by Nancy Mitford. Rhys's books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won eight including Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity. She is a transplanted Brit who now makes her home in sunny California and even sunnier Arizona.

Velda Brotherton
Velda's work has been published in historical romance, regional non-fiction, articles in newspapers and magazines, short stories in anthologies and non-fiction in anthologies. She hopes to be found one day sitting at her computer, cold fingers in the home position, a smile on her face because she's gone doing what she loves.

Helen Ginger (Yours Truly)
Helen is a freelance editor, book consultant, 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 ninth year of publication. She's also an Owner/Partner and the Women’s Marketing Director for Legends In Our Own Minds®. And years ago, Helen was a mermaid, complete with shimmery tail.

Dani Greer
Dani heads up the Blog Blook Tours group (and started this group of fearless Blood-Red Pencil editors). She also 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.

Billie Johnson
Billie is a publisher with Oak Tree Press, located in Central IL. Oak Tree Press sponsors three annual writing contests and a writers conference. You can find out more about Oak Tree Press at

Morgan Mandel
Morgan Mandel writes mysteries and romantic comedies while riding the Metra commuter train to work as an administrative assistant. Her recent release, Girl of My Dreams, is a romantic comedy about a straitlaced assistant who sets out to save a dying TV studio by becoming a contestant in a reality show. Her debut mystery, Two Wrongs, set in Chicago, reminiscent of a Charles Bronson movie, contains elements of a John Grisham-like courtroom scene and Danielle Steel second-chance-at-love.

Charlotte Phillips
Charlotte and Mark Phillips have been writing together for five years. Their first Eva Baum mystery was released in 2007 to favorable reviews and they are hard at work on the sequel. They have a great blog called News, Views and Reviews. You can find out more about their books and characters on their website. Charlotte is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Houston writing group The Final Twist where she serves as Publicity Chair.

Chris Redding
Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids and various animals. A member of RWA for five years she also is a member of NJRW, KOD and World Romance Writers. She writes reviews for and market reviews for

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 she¹s not plotting murders, Sellers enjoys cycling through Oregon¹s beautiful Willamette Valley, hanging out with her extended family, and editing fiction manuscripts.

Chris Verstraete
Chris has written a number of nonfiction projects, including interviewing mystery authors, as well as writing for magazines and newspapers, and now she’s created a fictional miniature art mystery series. Her YA mystery novel is called Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery.

Marvin Wilson
Marvin is a spiritualist, a writer, who has the audacity to write novels. On Free Spirit they talk about matters of importance relating to the advancement of human spiritual, emotional and psychological condition. And they have some fun. Free Spirit promotes excellence in the craft of good writing and features books on topics that matter, including those written by Marvin D Wilson and many others.

So, there we are. The official “founders” and “bloggers” over at The Blood-Red Pencil. And we officially open our blog doors today, so stop by, say hi, and ask us questions


  1. Good job Helen! I know it took some determination and work to grab all those bios for today {-:>

    I'll bop over to the new blog right away.

  2. Shoot, Marvin, the hardest part was working with Blogger. It kept messing with me and I had to completely reload everything three times, including each embedded link. Took me an hour and a half to get Blogger to put up this one post! Sheesh.

  3. Thanks, Helen,
    You did a terrific job getting all this together so everyone can see.
    This must have taken quite a bit of your time.

    Morgan Mandel

  4. It did take a bit of time Morgan. I'm looking forward to reading all the posts over at The Blood-Red Pencil. I think it's going to be an informative and valuable blog.

  5. That's awesome! I'll definitely add this blog to my 'must stop by' list!

  6. I hope to see lots of comments and suggestions from you!

  7. I'm looking forward to reading this! Thank you! (It looks wonderful, and it'll be very helpful for organizing some ideas for a presentation on editing I'm giving in a couple months at the local writer's festival. Many of the writers around here don't understand why they should love editors (at least, in theory).

  8. I like your thoughts Jena. Perhaps we should start a Love Your Editor day!


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