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  1. #1
    Denis Bonner
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    Formatting question

    Maybe the answer is obvious...

    When preparing a manuscript for a publisher/agent I understand the norm is to replace italics with underline. So if there is a whole sentence or phrase in italics, should the underline be continuous or is each word underlined separately?

    Or perhaps it simply doesn't matter?

    Advice on this weighty matter appreciated!



  2. #2
    Anthony Ravenscroft
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    Re: Formatting question

    No reason to break the line between words. Heck, back in typewriter days, that woulda been kinda sadistic to require.

    Highlight the section. Whatever your WP does is probably okay.

  3. #3
    Cin H
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    Re: Formatting question

    I hadn't heard of this before.
    Why underline?
    (so I have to go back through my ms and change every italicized word??)
    Yikes!

  4. #4
    Keith .
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    Re: Formatting question

    I don't think that really applies anymore. IMO italics is fine.
    km

  5. #5
    Joe Trent
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    Re: Formatting question

    It takes a little tinkering, but Word (and OpenOffice) will let you search and replace formats like underline and italics.

  6. #6
    leslee
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    Re: Formatting question

    Italics are fine.

  7. #7
    Denis Bonner
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    Re: Formatting question

    Thanks Anthony - that sounds like a sensible approach.

    As far as whether to underline or not, I read an article by Orson Scott Card some time back that referred to formatting manuscripts. His point was that it is easier for the copy editor to see italics if they were underlined. But then when I started doing that I did wonder whether to break or use a continuous underline.

    By the way, most of OSC's articles on writing are very useful.

  8. #8
    Ce Ce
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    Re: Formatting question

    What Leslee said. Again.

    Italics are fine.

    Really. They're no longer even underlined by the ce, at least at my house.

  9. #9
    Denis Bonner
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    Re: Formatting question

    thanks Ce Ce

    That will make life so much easier.

  10. #10
    Cathy C
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    Re: Formatting question

    Except . . . if you're printing it out in Courier New, italics are really hard to SEE. They're barely slanted. If you're sending it in TNR, I agree. But if Courier, I really do recommend underscoring. I have a hideous time with copy edits after they've changed my TNR to Courier and don't add in the underlining. I have to go back and forth from the manuscript to make sure I mark them in red.

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