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And if you self-publish, when you’re the one doing the editing, you’ll definitely want to know how and when to use both italics and quotation marks and know how to choose between them.
To start off, I will point out that there is no need to anything in a novel manuscript.
When a person’s is paired with a name—Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Reverend Thomas—both name and title are capitalized.
The cleaner the manuscript, the fewer problems it will be perceived to have.
And when rules are followed, the manuscript will have consistency; if you don’t know the rules, it’s likely that you won’t make the same choices consistently throughout a story.
A quick rule: Simple names need only be capitalized—no other marks are necessary.
This is one writing question that’s easy to overthink once you begin editing, but a name usually only needs to be capitalized; it typically doesn’t require italics or quotation marks.
An error in the use of italics or quotation marks—using one rather than the other or not using either when their use is required—is not likely a problem that will have an agent or publisher turning down your manuscript, especially if your manuscript isn’t bulging with other errors.
Yet knowing when to use both italics and quotation marks is useful and important for writers.
Writers used to underline text where they intended italics, but because it’s now so easy to see and find and identify italics, underlining is no longer necessary, not for fiction manuscripts.
to require italics or quotation marks actually does.