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“No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.” ― Maeve Greyson

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” Roopleen

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on!”― Shannon L. Alder

“You will never know how much you can accomplish until you try. Never stop trying. Your miracle will come in undefined moments.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” ― Theodore Roosevelt

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

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I’ve mentioned a few times that I subscribe to Autocrit and receive great emails that I want to share and pass along. This one address the dialogue tag and explains not only how autocrit helps with this, but some great information about the tags as well. I hope you gain some insight into your writing.


“You know strong dialogue is key to creating an exciting manuscript. But did you know that it’s just as important to look at your dialogue tags?


Dialogue tags are the phrases in your manuscript that identify a speaker within written dialogue—“he said,” “she shouted,” “he whispered,” and so on.

The Dialogue Tags Analysis highlights the dialogue tags in your manuscript and tells you how often you’re using them, so you can quickly make any changes.

The Dialogue Tag Frequency highlights the dialogue tags in your manuscript and provides a list in the analysis sidebar of the frequency of each tag’s occurrence.

Just remember: AutoCrit relies on correct punctuation to find the dialogue tags, so if the punctuation isn’t correct, your dialogue tag may not be highlighted.

So what’s the problem with dialogue tags? Dialogue tags exist for only one purpose: To identify for the reader who is speaking in your manuscript. That’s it. You want the focus on the dialogue itself. You don’t want them to get distracted by the tag.

But new writers often fall into the trap of trying to spice up their dialogue tags. They think words like “asked” or “said” are boring or repetitive, so they try to use more interesting alternatives. Trust me: The dialogue tag is not the place to get fancy.

Dialogue tags should melt into the background. “Said” and “asked” are all you need. Resist the urge to use “queried” instead of “asked,” or “exclaimed” instead of said.

Now that we’re squared away on that front, let’s talk about how often you should use dialogue tags. The answer: only as often as you need to, and no more. Not every line of dialogue needs a tag.Happy editing!



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I’m not sure I know anyone who likes Monday. I despise it myself and it’s the biggest day of the week I fight a bad attitude. In order to redirect myself I start my mornings with positive affirmations. I thought I”d share some positive thoughts with you as well. Happy Monday.

Also, there’s only a few days left (ends Wednesday at midnight) to buy Blurred Lines, leave a review and be entered into the Amazon $25 gift card drawing. Just Click HERE.



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If you haven’t read Colleen Hoover, you are truly missing out! She is a great example of a self published author becoming a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. I recommend starting with the “Slammed” series or “Hopeless“.

Colleen_HooverColleen inspires me on many levels, but one gift that sets her apart, she can make me cry. As a writer you understand the challenge of delivering something emotional on paper. Communicating it from heart to brain to paper, it often loses its emotional punch and I’ve read few authors who could truly deliver the full meal deal with great characters, plot, story arc and emotion. However, Colleen does this remarkably well.

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Colleen. She had just released “Maybe Someday” and Portland was on her list for a book signing and concert, I couldn’t miss the chance. It was amazing! A true inspiration of what happens when you keep writing.

If you purchase “Maybe Someday” on Ebook there are links included that contain original music written and sung specifically for this story by top ten finalist American Idol contestant, Griffin Peterson. If you prefer paperback, you can purchase his CD separately.

Griffin Peterson

Griffin Peterson

I highly recommend reading her books even if they aren’t in your normal genre. Slammed and Hopeless are the best examples of her delivering emotion packed stories that will leave you not only wanting more, but studying her delivery.

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Hi everyone! I wanted to take a moment and share the article I saw on Galleycat. I know many of you have books and others have yours up and coming. I’m all about helping each other network and market. Hope it gives you some great insight!

Marketing Your Book During the


By Jason Boog on October 14, 2013 5:23 AM


Self-publishing company Lulu has released a short free handbook called “Marketing Your Book for Holiday Sales.” Follow this link to download a free copy.

The book is based on a survey of almost 200 of the bestselling authors on Lulu. Here are a few key findings that inform the book:

60 percent of best-selling authors attributed their book’s success to meeting the needs or interests of well-defined niche audience.  Nine out of ten best-selling authors have published more than one book. The majority of best selling authors (57 percent) dedicated five hours or less to the marketing of their book each week.

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I know many of you have a book on Amazon. I”m considering this same route, but I need help with the cover. So, my questions are:

  • Have you used someone who you would recommend?
  • Have you designed a book cover yourself?blank book
  • Did you use a service? A Student?
  • Would you share the process?

I’m sure I”m not the only one that has questions concerning the process, and I’d like to post some of the responses for everyone.

Thanks for your feedback!

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imagesI’ve just completed a crappy first draft of a new short story. I have a few questions, and would love feedback.

My protagonist is a senior in high school and 18 years old. She has a mouth, she swears. There aren’t any F-bombs, but plenty of other words. Also, she thinks one of her teachers who is fresh out of college, is gorgeous. There isn’t a relationship between them, she just enjoys his class because he’s good eye candy. Here’s my dilemma. When I shared some of the pages with a friend, who I trust with my really crappy first drafts, they expressed their dislike and concern with those two issues. I am considering cleaning up the swearing, but I don’t find an issue with a young woman thinking her teacher is good-looking.

So, for those of you who remember being 18 years old, or who read YA or New Adult books, I’d love to hear what you think while I consider what changes to make.

Thanks in advance!

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