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In my recent book I used quotation marks in this manner: She said to herself, "I love him but I'm not sure I can trust him." The publishers' editors removed the quotation marks and I believe that was incorrect. The woman is quoting herself. Can you clarify?

Also, in the same book, I say, "In the Billings' home" and the editors changed that to read, "In the Billings's home". The name Billings is possessive in this case and I believe the addition of another "s" is unnecessary and awkward, It's like saying "In Jesus's name" which requires one to say the "s" sound twice. Your thoughts please.
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Carol McNally You can use italics to signal talk to self, but that seems ok to me.

As for the Billings' vs. Billings's....when you say the "ez" sound at the end, it's a good idea to do the s's so your reader knows how to pronounce the word. Either is technically correct. If you said, "This is the cows' favorite meadow" (meaning the favorite meadow of al...See More
Jan 29
Carol McNally You can use italics to signal talk to self, but that seems ok to me.

As for the Billings' vs. Billings's....when you say the "ez" sound at the end, it's a good idea to do the s's so your reader knows how to pronounce the word. Either is technically correct. If you said, "This is the cows' favorite meadow" (meaning the favorite meadow of al...See More
Jan 29
Carol McNally You can use italics to signal talk to self, but that seems ok to me.

As for the Billings' vs. Billings's....when you say the "ez" sound at the end, it's a good idea to do the s's so your reader knows how to pronounce the word. Either is technically correct. If you said, "This is the cows' favorite meadow" (meaning the favorite meadow of al...See More
Jan 29
Carol McNally You can use italics to signal talk to self, but that seems ok to me.

As for the Billings' vs. Billings's....when you say the "ez" sound at the end, it's a good idea to do the s's so your reader knows how to pronounce the word. Either is technically correct. If you said, "This is the cows' favorite meadow" (meaning the favorite meadow of al...See More
Jan 29
Carol McNally You can use italics to signal talk to self, but that seems ok to me.

As for the Billings' vs. Billings's....when you say the "ez" sound at the end, it's a good idea to do the s's so your reader knows how to pronounce the word. Either is technically correct. If you said, "This is the cows' favorite meadow" (meaning the favorite meadow of al...See More
Jan 29


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