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I really enjoy this board but it's my first posting EVER on any board. I am almost done with my first draft of a YA novel. I'm unable to find any definitive answer about how to write sound effects. It doesn't seem they should be in quotations because they are not dialog. I've seen them in all upper case, such as SNORT or CRASH but they look so dominant on the page. I've looked at The Chicago Manual of Style and found nothing. Any help out there from all you veteran writers? Thanks!
#1 - September 28, 2015, 01:12 PM

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Hi, Judi:

I am using "sounds" in my upcoming MG. I just wrote the words in italics. I'll have to wait and see if my publisher changes them to caps or keeps them as is. I also just pulled a published novel from my shelf that I know contains "sounds". They were also written in italics. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for your reply and finding some references. It certainly looks better to have them italicized and they read better.
#3 - September 28, 2015, 02:26 PM

I've always seen them written in italics. Sometimes both caps and italics.
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I use italics as well but sometimes CAPS if it's supposed to be a loud noise. I think in the end, it doesn't matter because your editor will use whatever house style they have for sound effects.

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I agree with Vijaya. The rules on this sort of thing vary by publishing house. At the submission stage, just choose a method and be consistent. If italics look good to you, go for it.
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