I picked up a new tip on writing dialogue this morning. Of course, it means I have to go back and edit AGAIN... In any case, this came from www.writersreliefblog.com.
When using dialogue tags such as, "She said," or, "He snorted," non-speaking actions are not punctuated as tags and should be treated as separate sentences.
Consider the following example.
"No. I do not want to go with you," she said.
The dialogue is enclosed with quotation marks with the trailing comma within them. "She said," follows to end the sentence.
"No, I do not want to go with you," she snorted.
This should be revised as "She snorted." is not a speaking action. It should be its own sentence. Edited, this should read as follows:
"No. I do not want to go with you." She snorted with disgust.
Learn something new everyday... (Damn editing!)