Should You Italicize Book Titles?

do you italicize book titles

Do you ever stop mid-sentence to ask yourself, “Should I italicize or quote book titles?”

It’s a fair question, and it deserves a thoughtful answer. Since you want to be a good writer, you need to know these things, and wondering, “Are books italicized?” means you are paying attention to the important details of your craft.

You might also have the following questions:

  • “Should I italicize this article title or use quotation marks?”
  • “Are books underlined or italicized – or does it matter which one I use?”
  • “Should I put this song in italics if it’s a hit single with its own album?”

Hence this article. When it comes to any rule for writing, we’re huge fans of keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Strictly speaking, the question of whether to italicize or use quotation marks is a matter of style; the rules governing the usage of both can change.

But for some time — roughly since computers took the place of typewriters for word processing — writers have used italics (rather than underlines or quotes) to set off the titles of what the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide calls “containers.”

Each container is a larger work made up of smaller components.

So, do you italicize book titles? The short answer is yes. The longer answer — the one with more nuance and some research — is just up ahead.

(Sidebar: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest checking out our free checklist, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.)

Rule of Thumb for Writing Book Titles

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Are You Ready To Test Your Proofreading Skills?

Even the most grammar-savvy amongst us benefit from a thorough proofreading of our work.

You may rely on an editor to check your work, or like many writers, it might be tempting to do a quick scan of your writing without thoroughly proofreading it.

But proofreading is as essential to your writing as writing is. It allows you to fix any errors that may obscure your intended meaning or distract your reader. It also helps you catch grammar and spelling mistakes, misused words, and punctuation errors.

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12 Simple Ways To Flip Your Writing Motivation Switch

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Do you ever find yourself thinking, “I have not motivation to write today?”

If you’re looking at a blank page and wondering how to get motivated to write, help has arrived. We’ve been there, too. It’s not fun.

But once you learn effective ways to have writing motivation, you’ll have the tools you need to tackle any new writing project and get into creative flow faster than you ever thought possible.

So, enjoy the following tips for writing motivation, and get back to creating like the mad, unstoppable genius you know you are.

In this post, you’ll learn to:

  • Cultivate the right mindset to get inspired to write.
  • How to enjoy writing without self-judgment.
  • Determine your optimal writing time.
  • Prepare yourself and your space before you write.
  • Use positive affirmations to reinforce your writing motivation.
  • Set up an accountability and reward system to reinforce a daily writing habit.

Your Writing Motivation Mindset

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27 Powerful Writing Tips For Your First Book

Writing Tips

When you’re writing your first book, it’s normal to wish your favorite authors could magically appear at your elbow with game-changing advice that both encourages you and shines a light on your path to becoming a published author.

Alas, there is no magic pill they can give us that will guarantee the same success for our books. Not that we need one. Because we don’t.

But many of these authors have been generous with their insights, and this post has a list of 27 tips on writing carefully picked out for courageous new authors like you.

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How To Find Writing Inspiration To Finish (Or Start) Your Next Book

As a writer, I am sure you are familiar with that dreadful feeling of staring at a blank screen and having nothing happen.

No words. Crickets in your brain. The dreaded writer’s block.

That feeling of being stuck and losing motivation may make it tempting to walk away from your writing and make up excuses to procrastinate.

However, if you want to be a writer, you can’t wait for inspiration to find you.

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How To Use The Blinkist App To Become A Better Writer

In this post, we’ll do a review of the Blinkist app.

According to Stephen King, one of the world’s most prolific and successful writers, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

As an author, you’re probably doing plenty of the latter, but how much time are you devoting to the former?

After months of working on your book, you can get burned out on the written word. Picking up a book while writing one might not be your go-to relaxation activity.

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