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Rookie Mistakes to Avoid (Part 1)–Fun with Fonts

Manuscript Editing One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will scream “rookie” and “unprofessional.” Resist fun with fonts by avoiding the following practices:

1) Overuse of bold and italics (and any use of underlining).

One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will scream “rookie” and “unprofessional.” The more bold you use, the less effective it becomes as an emphasis tool. 

 

One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will scream “rookie” and “unprofessional.” Never use underlining. Ever. This may be fine for the church newsletter, but not for a book one wants to be taken seriously and sell.

One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will scream rookie and unprofessional. It is fine to use italics when emphasizing a word that you are defining, or a scripture verse, but it should be used only occasionally.

2) Using an assortment of fonts.

One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will screamrookie” and “unprofessional.”  To use many different fonts gives your finished book an uneven look and makes your reader’s (and editor’s) job harder. Your goal is to choose a font that is easy to read.

3) Using CAPITAL letters with RECKLESS ABANDON.

It sounds like you are SHOUTING. People who USE CAPS AS EMPHASIS tend to USE IT TOO MUCH. It is ALSO AMAZING how often CAPS are USED to emphasize THINGS that HAVE no OBVIOUS reason FOR being CAPITALIZED.

4) Using fonts of different sizes together.

One of the most common rookie mistakes I see when editing or reviewing an author’s work is what I call “fun with fonts.” Trust me, having too much fun with fonts will scream “rookie” and “unprofessional.” Twelve point font (no smaller) is best for the body text, while fourteen point font is best for a mature, older adult audience. Headings should be two to four points larger.

If you are a serious author who would like to have your book viewed favorably, you will follow these practices in your use of fonts: 

1) Use the same font everywhere in your book’s interior.

If you would like to use one font for headlines and a second font for body text, that is acceptable. Avoid using more than two fonts in your book’s interior.

2) Use a font that is easy to read.

Fancy fonts are never a good idea. “Readability” over creativity is the rule for fonts. (This applies to book cover fonts as well.)

Times New Roman is the best choice, but Arial is also nice.

Be blessed,

Jim

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