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kevinwaynewilliams

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There doesn't seem to be a forum dedicated to fonts.

I'm pretty much set on Goudy Bookletter 1911 for the text of my book (yes, self-published, and yes, in hardcopy as well as e-book) https://github.com/theleagueof/goudy-bookletter-1911

It conveys a nice old-time feel that I think works well with horror. It hints at a schoolbook font which goes nicely with the subject matter. It sets very nicely with OpenOffice, so I didn't have to do a lot of manual kerning to get the book set with virtually no hyphenation.

I'm still not 100% happy with the chapter titles. I've tried two different fonts for titles: Bonaventure Condensed (http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/gatf/bonaventure) and Bolton Commercial (http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/gatf/bolton-commercial). Both work, but neither makes me look at the page and feel like they are perfect. Any suggestions? I want to fit the horror genre without going into something gimmicky and pretentiously creepy, and need to have enough diacritic support to handle Spanish words in chapter titles.

The book's beginning can be found at http://www.wattpad.com/story/7444607-everything-i-know-about-zombies-i-learned-in for anyone that wants to get a clue as to the tone of the book.
 
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If you can alter the fonts, maybe make the Bonaventure thinner or pointed. It worked for me out of the two. Love the Goudy as well. Sets the mood nicely.
 

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My publisher likes Book Antiqua (sp?) so I've been writing the sequel in it, because it's easy on the eyes. I used that font for a possible self-pub novella. When I found what may be the last pro market for this novella, the guidelines asked for Times New Roman.

After I made the conversion, the mms was suddenly much easier to edit. So I'll be back to good old Times for future projects.

I love playing with fonts in my art projects, but those are generally selected less for readability than for dramatic presence.
 
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