I was mailing with a friend who is a published author this morning. She mentioned that her last agent told her that writing dialogue, e.g. 'I'd better go now,' said Marcus. Is old-fashioned now, and that she (the agent) preferred her to write: 'I'd better go now,' Marcus said. I've never come across this mentioned before. Is this just one person's pet idea? Since my friend is pushing 70, it also occurred to me that maybe the agent was making a few gentle suggestions to bring her up-to-date!