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Yes, I know I ask a lot of questions.  Sorry about that.  But I was reading and I've noticed this in a few memoirs (that's what my first book is, by the way.) But I'm told since it's first person you can type how you talk when narrating.  For instance, in a memoir I've read the author talks and narrates and some of her sentences are fragments.  It's this acceptable?  I'd hate to send my book to agents with it full of sentence fragments and whatnot.

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Hi, again, Brandon! Don't apologize about asking questions. :) It's why I'm here. Sure, for dialogue you can use sentence fragments---provided they make sense to the reader. People don't speak, or think, in grammatically correct sentences (much to the frustration of our teachers! LOL!) You just need to be careful that the dialogue doesn't feel choppy. Try reading it out loud and intersperse the dialogue with movement. For example:

"Shut up! Like you care." I slammed shut the door to my room and threw one of my stuffed bears to bounce off the mirror. It looked silly and girly, so I kicked the bed post too. Bad plan---I forgot I was wearing sandals.

Does that make sense?

Cathy  

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

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I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

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Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

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Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

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My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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