Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Layout

I'm getting several preliminary galleys prepped this week, and so I'm spending a lot of time thinking about fonts. Does anyone have a "favorite" font? Serif or sans-serif? 10-, 11-, or 12-point? And what about the section breaks? Do you like to have a little picture or ornament? How about starting new chapters with oversized initial characters? What appeals?

Happy Weekend!


Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

I'm also a strong believer that acknowledgements belong at the end of the book, rather than in the beginning.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

i'm with you on the acknowledgements. i prefer serif fonts, i like a bigger font 12 pt. i think it's fairly standard and helpful for older (and blinder) readers. i love when breaks have a little ornament. it just comes across as so classy to me (assuming the ornament matches with the novel). in fantasy-like (or primarily romanticized novels that feel fantasy-like) i love over-sized letters that are scrolly or charmingly pretty. also, for scary books i love a over-sized gothic-ish first letter. but for like a mystery novel or contemporary, i feel like the first letter ought to be straight forward. if over-sized it should be in the same font as the text. and i also feel like sans-serif fonts work equally as well for more reality-based stories. but that's just me.
have a blast!

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Thanks, Vic! I really love this process--there's such a sense of satisfaction when a novel comes out all polished.

Book Addict said...

Ornaments are a must. To me, fonts should match the book. (Horror novels shouldn't have scrolling letters.) And I agree on the acknowledgement thing.

Eliza Tilton said...

no fav font, BUT I'd love a little pic over an ornamnent

lexcade said...

Admittedly, I'm in love with drop caps at the beginnings of chapters and slightly larger font. 12 point is good. It helps. I'm also an ornament person. It's the little touches that help make the final product shine ;)

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