I’ve been thinking about style guides a lot lately, as an AP Style addict and former newspaper editor. My first piece on style is here, if you’re interested.
As a fiction writer, I really should convert to Chicago Style, which is the publishing industry standard, but I’m not ready to adopt the serial comma or erase all my AP training. Yet.
So for now, I’ve made one small step. Have you noticed it?
When I started this blog, I opted to use all caps for manuscript titles in my Seven Questions interview series. Most of the authors I featured at first had works-in-progress or works ready to query–not published books. So I went with the typical query style by making the manuscript titles pop with all caps. Then I realized, for the sake of consistency, I should make all book titles all caps, not just the ones in the interview series. So that became my house style.
Do you see where I’m going?
I’ve never been a fan of all caps, but it does make book titles super visible on the page for someone who’s skimming through. I stuck with that choice until late May, when I published Kristy Athens’ Seven Questions interview using italics for her book title. Books with subtitles, like Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living, are positively unwieldy when they’re done in all caps.
So from now on book titles will be italicized around here. It’s totally against my AP background, where italics are eschewed at all costs, but it’s a step toward Chicago.
What do you do with book titles on your blog?