Choosing a Font
The choice of font for your manuscript is one that’s been made for you. You need to use 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced.
The size 12 font and double spacing is non-negotiable. The typeface is. Still, after asking dozens of literary agents about their preferences, I urge you to choose Times New Roman.
Personally, as a typesetter, reader, and graphic designer, I loathe Times New Roman. But here’s why you must use Times New Roman for standard manuscript formatting:
- It’s standard. It’s been the standard since TNR was the default typeface installed on home computers.
- It’s a serif font. Publishers prefer serif fonts, and that preference has carried over to literary agents. It’s what we associate with books.
- It’s available on any device or browser. There are only…
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