My agent told me to remove the underlines in my manuscript that indicate italics and to just use italics. I have absolutely no problem doing this because I graciously accept my low position on the snark pole, and I know he knows more about this than me. But this underline/italics thing is contrary to everything I've read about manuscript format. Miss Snark, what's your opinion? Is there a hard and fast rule in this regard? Do you advise your clients to underline to indicate italics or to avoid such? Or, does this depend on the editors you're submitting to?
Thanks in advance .
Do what your agent tells you to do.
Do not under any circumstances tell your agent that everything you've read or Miss Snark says he's wrong.
The reason you HAVE an agent is so you will have information about how to do things for the editors he's sending stuff to.
Even if Miss Snark says she asks all clients to "submit on papyrus in gentian colored ink while whistling Parsifial" it would matter not a whit. Miss Snark is not your agent.
Do What Your Agent Tells You To Do.