This question was asked in 2011: Do editors still expect Courier font in book submissions for publication? A couple people said they found a monospace font helpful to have space to insert editing symbols.

Nowadays, with more and more submitting being done electronically, does font matter?

  • You have to ask the editor in question. I prefer Times. Jan 8, 2017 at 13:34
  • @LaurenIpsum - How interesting! What do you like about Times? // I had to submit some documents recently in Times. It was my first time really working with it. I could live with it in 12 point, not bold. The italics were nice. I didn't like it for larger point section headings, though. Jan 9, 2017 at 2:44
  • I CAN READ IT. Unlike Calibri (shudder) or Courier (which gets exhausting after a while). It's a smooth serif font designed to be legibile. Jan 9, 2017 at 16:40
  • @LaurenIpsum - Ah. I share your feelings about Courier, but on the screen I'm okay with Calibri. Are there any other commonly available fonts that don't make you shudder? Palatino, Garamond? Jan 9, 2017 at 18:44
  • I like both of those, although Palatino is probably better for editing purposes since it has higher x-heights and wider bowls. Garamond is somewhat tighter. It's a beautiful font (the Harry Potter books are set in it) and one of my favorites, but if I'm editing, I'd like something plainer. Jan 9, 2017 at 18:50

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The agent or publisher will post instructions on its submission website. This has not changed. Typically, they will read your query in plain text, so it doesn't really matter what font you use as long as it can be converted to plain text. Once you get past the query phase, the instructions you receive will be explicit.


Nowadays, with more and more submitting being done electronically, does font matter?

It depends on the file format. It's much harder to change the font on a PDF than on a Word document.

As a writer, work with a tool that makes it easy to produce output with different fonts for submitting to editors.

And, unless you've already found success in the marketplace, avoid typographic gimmicks like The Mouse's Tale in Alice in Wonderland.

  • When I have submitted legal documents, I have submitted the pdf and the Word document. The pdf for reading, the Word doc so the person working with my document can easily copy and paste some of my text. But here my question is about preparing a manuscript for submission to a publisher or agent. Feb 1, 2017 at 5:07
  • @aparente001 Just follow their instructions. If they don't have any specific instructions, just do something reasonable, like submitting a Word document. Then it will be their move to tell you what they really want if they can't handle a Word document. Feb 1, 2017 at 5:40

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