Almost no agent or editor accepts full manuscripts on first contact.
It's also the simple things that make you look more polished and professional: Here is a basic primer on the quote marks vs. In other words, on your own title page or at the top of your manuscript, DON'T italicize or put quote marks on your own title.
Ever seen a magazine article with quotes around it? On the other hand, when you're referring to your own work, THEN you'll either italicize or quote mark it, such as in a cover letter or query. Enclosed is my fantasy short story, "Please Publish Me.
I had an editor once suggest a way to remember this by going back to the days of typewriters, when they used the underline key for the italics.
A long line reminded her of a bookshelf, or something LONG, while quote marks looked like nails or hooks, something that would hold up something little.
Quote marks go around short works such as: Harry Potter, by J. The Monitor Another hint: If something can be broken down further, the smaller piece goes into quote marks, and the larger work will be in italics ie, the magazine will be italics, while the articles inside it will be in quote marks.
The TV series will be italics and the individual episodes will be quote marks. And I have no clue why ships are in italics.
That's just the rule. Other items that aren't listed above, such as a brand of soda or jeans, a big mansion think Tara in Gone with the Wind or a store, are just names, not titles, and therefore don't need to have quotes or italics. These things may seem nit-picky, but they're the types of things editors do watch out for.
Yes, editors try to overlook little mistakes, but why give them one more thing against you?
Tuck one more thing into your arsenal and be prepared, because the writer who comes out ahead is the one who is forearmed. I've added a new post find it HERE with updated italics and quotations mark rules, as well as answers to questions I've received since this post first went live.The best industry advice for writers and artists as well as writing services for every stage of your writing journey.
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