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Ignite CALM: Achieving Bliss in Your Work

Today is the official launch date for Deb Snyder’s new book, Ignite CALM: Achieving Bliss in Your Work. 9780990686224

  • If you’re struggling with a job you hate, this book is for you.
  • If you work with people who drive you crazy, this book is for you.
  • If you want to change careers but have no idea where to begin, this book is for you.
  • If you’re totally stressed by your life, this book is for you.

Spiritual teacher Deb Snyder tells us, “Everything in life is connected. We can’t expect to live happy lives if we’re miserable at work. Not only do we spend about 50 hours per week at our jobs, we end up wasting precious energy complaining about work during our off hours.  This often leads to frustration and disappointment with our friends and family who’ve heard it all, again and again. Yet, within us, we each have the power to create working lives that are both pleasant for us and profitable for our employers. It’s up to us to make changes in our own hearts and actions.”

Ignite Calm takes the steps of embracing conscious business qualities, teaching how to bring your best self to work each and every day and discover true happiness while on the job, no matter what the job.

Also Featuring 12 CALM Conscious Collaboration Exercises with Holistic Practitioners and Self-Development Experts 

  • David B. Goldstein
  • Jennifer Crews
  • Elizabeth Harper
  • Deane Driscoll
  • Tam Veilleux
  • Lynne McGhee
  • Sunny Dawn Johnston
  • Dede Eaton
  • Sue Yarmey
  • Evelyn C. Rysdyk
  • Suzanne Silvermoon
  • Lisa Holcomb
  • and a foreword by Lisa McCourt

 This book is already listed as a Hot New Release on  I know you’re going to love it!   

Deb Snyder Ph.D. is an inspirational speaker, personal development teacher, and award-winning author of four books for adults and kids. She holds a doctorate in metaphysical philosophy and empowers people to live their best lives through embracing their own unique challenges, opportunities, and blessings. Deb offers her heart-centered services in workshops and private sessions worldwide to individuals, businesses, and groups of all sizes. She is also founding director of The HeartGlow Center, a public charity focused on wellness and conscious living.

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Dialogue for Writers UNLEASHED

I’m excited to announce the debut of my new book Dialogue for Writers : Create Powerful Dialogue in Fiction and Nonfiction. FRONT cover final

This book explores all the necessary elements of dialogue and is packed with ideas and examples to help writers improve their technique.  To make this book more comprehensive than others on the market, I added information about  writing dialogue for a variety of genres, including screenplays, graphic novels, and children’s books.  Then I looked at more unusual places for dialogue:

  • Family history
  • Journals
  • Memoirs
  • Journalism
  • Poetry
  • Self-help articles and books

Almost any nonfiction book is more attractive to readers if you add dialogue, quotes, or interviews.  The spoken word in compelling; extra white space looks good on the pages; and dialogue enhances your credibility.  You can’t go wrong by adding the human voice to your writing.

One of my favorite chapters in Dialogue for Writers is “Jump Start Your Story with Dialogue.”  In this chapter I show by example how to break through writer’s block by using dialogue to open a story, a new chapter, an article, a journal entry, or even a poem.  If you get your characters talking right away, you’ll find it much easier to fill in the rest of the story with action and details.  Try these three steps:

  1. Write a single line of dialogue—something you’ve overhead, words that pop into your mind, or a catchy statement you read on Twitter.  Anything will do!
  2. List several situations your dialogue might fit.
  3. Choose the most intriguing situation and write an answer to that first line of dialogue.

Now you’re writing! You’ll find the next seven steps on page 86 of Dialogue for Writers.

If you’d like to learn more about this new book for writers, visit the Amazon page at:

But why not get the book free?  For a limited time I will send free copies of Dialogue for Writers to people who’d like to write a review.  You may contact me at  FREE







Here’s what best-selling science fiction author Hugh Howey has to say about my book (I was one of Hugh’s first editors):  “Dialogue provides a window into our character’s souls, and Sammie Justesen’s Dialogue for Writers throws open the curtains. A wonderful resource on how to get our characters talking to one another in a believable manner, and how to make our stories better in the process.”  — Hugh Howey, author of The Silo Saga and SAND

Author, poet, and photographer Gin Getz says:  Dialogue for Writers is more than another how-to text on writing.  After reading this book, my brain is swimming with ideas Sammie Justesen shares from her years of experience in the publishing industry. Sammie shows (not tells) us all about dialogue and much more, writing with style, humor, and an easy, comfortable voice and using examples to bring her points to life. Sammie practices what she preaches in this handy compilation based on experience and insight.”   –Gin Getz, author of The Color of the Wild: An Intimate Look at Life in an Untamed Land



Dialogue for Writers — Coming Soon!

FRONT cover final I’m excited! My new book Dialogue for Writers: Create Powerful Dialogue in Fiction and Nonfiction will be published by NorLightsPress on April 15.  This is be my first published work in several years, because I’ve been using my creative talent (such as it is) to work on other people’s books.  But a few months ago, my husband Dee goaded me into action. Thank you, Dee!  And now the book is ready.   It’s available for pre-order on at this address:

Why did I choose to focus on dialogue?  Because dialogue seems easy to write, but isn’t.  Yet, it can make or break a book, article, or screenplay.  Dialogue is the ultimate power trip: We put words into the mouths of other people.  We decide what they say and how they say it. The writer is totally in charge—except when our characters come to life and take over, which is even MORE fun.

Many writers haven’t tapped into the power of dialogue for genres such as journalism, family history, journals, poetry, and memoir. Dialogue for Writers will be the only book on the market that explores dialogue for all these genres, plus children’s books, graphic novels, screenplays, and general fiction.

A few tips and tricks from Dialogue for Writers:

Tension, Conflict, and Suspense

If you don’t build at least one of these elements into each scene, you have no story.

  1.  Goals and motivation create tension.  Every character in every scene should have a goal and motivation.  Don’t let them speak without it.
  2. If two characters’ goals and motivation clash—all the better.  Now you have conflict, plus added tension.
  3. What happens next?  Make the readers curious: Then you have suspense.

Show, Don’t Tell       

Don’t use dialogue tags to tell how people speak.  Show it with action.

Telling:  “Come here!” Tom ordered.

Showing: “Come here!” Tom waved me closer.

Telling: “I’m so sorry,” she apologized.

Showing: “I’m sorry, Tom.” She threw back her head and stared at the ceiling.

I’ll be posting more tips and techniques from the book in the coming days.  I hope it will benefit writers in every genre!   If you’d like to review Dialogue for Writers on your blog, on Amazon, or anywhere else, please let me know and I’ll send you a book.  

attitude-affects-work  As always, I enjoy reading your comments!


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