How to convert underlined text into italics in your manuscript~
Once upon a time, I received my first publishing contract!!!
Many many publishing contracts later, I can admit there are many woes one experiences in the process of getting published. The worst being part of the edits for that first book involved converting underlined text into italics. Ah!
And now many writers are self-publishing, facing the very same problem. So I thought I'd share. One way of dealing with this problem was my solution...begging for help at online writer groups. The following information was given to me when I faced a 400-pg manuscript loaded with lots of underlined text.
Okay here goes. You probably want to print this out.
In Word 2003, open your document.
Do a file Save As to make a copy of the document just in case.
Select Edit, Replace
Put your cursor in the Find what: drop down box
Go to the bottom of the options box and select Format, Font
About half-way down the Font selection box, select Underline and the first
line-style in the drop-down box
Then select Okay
Now you are back in the Find and Replace option box
Put your cursor in the Replace with: drop down
Go to the bottom of the options box and select Format, Font again
Select italic in the font style box and then go to the Underline style and
select None from the drop-down box
Then select Okay
Now you can select Replace all and Voila! All underlines are now italics."
I can do this in my sleep now.
Well, on older stories. My more recent publisher doesn't require underlined text in manuscripts. They just want things italicized and ready to go. So, whew! But it's good to know I can learn new tricks. LOL ~Skhye