So you know what I’ve been praying for lately.

And you know what I’ve been asking you to send out good vibes for as well, right?

Well guess what?


She said, “Yes!”

*screams with joy*

Here is part of the letter…

    Hi Ben,

    I’m sorry for the delay. Yes, Christine and I talked about it and she said she’d be happy to allow you to put those things in your book. She said she’d love a copy when it is done and she’d be happy to send the info about the book to others. 🙂

    As for the crediting, she says there is a standard format for that kind of thing. She suggested that you find out what the standard is for that in the publishing industry and use that method. She said people like Stephen King quote songs frequently so that might be a starting point in your searching for how to do it. Many books will say used by permission, etc. in a note at the end, but that there’s a more formal way to do so that would be a good thing to track down.

    Keep us posted! Congrats on the exciting developments!

    To your success,
    Meredith Bennett

Boy oh boy am I doing the Snoopy Dance!

I will actually have IN my story credits, “Lyrics used with permission of the author..!”

How cool is that?

Edits are going hot and heavy!

So back to work, I just had to share this information!


Using Quotes in Stories

So I heard back from Christine Kane’s people today and they want a little more information. Asked for a copy of the manuscript, but it is nearly a hundred pages and with the publisher’s formatting, I am sure it will be a lot longer.

So I sent the two scenes where Christine’s songs are mentioned as well as a detailed synopsis. And word that I need an answer asap. And I did say I would send the whole manuscript if necessary.

Please send out good vibes. Christine is a HERO of mine and I would be honored to bring attention to her work.


Quoting Songs… Send Out Good Vibes!

When courage finally comes,
You never see it coming…

Right outta nowhere
You open your heart and that changes every thing
You’re going somewhere
And all you need to know is that you’re free to go

A HUGE hero of mine is Christine Kane. In fact, it is lyrics from one of her songs (several!) that inspired me to finally take the chance and try to write, to submit, and to believe in myself. I heard a song where she used a Zen Buddhist phrase, “Leap and the net will appear.”

I was grabbed instantly. It was like my very soul was paying attention! I listened to the whole song and my breath was taken away and I did it.

I leapt and the net DID appear.

I realized that I sorta quote her in my new story “Trust Me.” I may have to remove the line or two that isn’t “Leap and the net will appear.”

Recently I was talking with a dear friend of mine who also happens to be the wife of George R.R. Martin (the man who wrote the book that the new hit HBO series Game of Thrones is based on). Parris told me that frequently recording artists are flattered and more than willing to let you quote them, and even wonder why you bothered asking.

However, some are just terrible, asking for thousands of dollars to just use a single line or two.

So I wrote Christine tonight. Wish me leaping luck! LOL!

If I don’t hear back soon I will just take the lines out (except for the Zen line!). I was really clever how I used the lyrics, more explaining them than quoting them. I bet it wasn’t more than a few words that are used word for word.

Knowing her I will get permission. If I don’t, that is okay too.

I haven’t been given my edits yet, so I have some time.

So please, please wish me leaping luck! I appreciate those good vibes1

And remember!!

Anyone who is dreaming of being a writer and trying to build the courage to send in something…

It is never too late!

Leap and the net will appear!


Some choices hold you down
Some choices set you free

So you dream and the way will be clear
Pray and the angels will hear
Leap and the net will appear!