Dear Miss Snark:
Underline For Italics? Or just italics? Or does it matter?
Writers Market guide books say to Underline in place of italics. Have now been hearing otherwise - or that it doesn't matter - since it is the story that counts.
This is a holdover from the pre-xerox days when retyping manuscripts, let alone correcting them was laborious and expensive.
Now, with a flick of a button you can do all that stuff and more. Thus, I prefer to read manuscipts and pages that use italic for italic and underline for emphasis.
Here's the thing: depending on where I sell this masterpiece of yours, the publisher will have very specific copy guidelines. When you prepare the edited version of the manuscript for the typesetters, you'll follow the publishers' instructions to the letter. Up until that point, I truly don't think it matters that much. HOWEVER, if submission guidelines address the issue, follow them. Always follow the guidelines on an agent's website. If there aren't any, they probably don't care much either.
I just detest underlining cause it's ugly on the page. Same reason I hate 14 point bold too but, honest to dog, 12/10 pt TNR, with correct margins, one side, and anything else I'll overlook.
You can obsess about this but really, I prefer you obsess about your writing.