What Typeface does INKSHARES publish in?

Created almost 3 years ago by Mike Donald with 6 comments
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Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · added almost 3 years ago
Thanks all, they’ve now sent the various templates and it’s starting to come togetherMike
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 3 likes
I’m just a user and as such am not speaking for Inkshares. But as someone who already has an Inkshares title in print under the full publishing package, I can probably add to the advice here.

Inkshares, like any reputable publisher does not have a  standard (one type fits all) typeface. Each book is different and goes through an interior design after the ms is finalized and locked.

I guess Quill has more limited options, but if you get the full publishing package, you can make suggestions and confer with your book designer about typeface and other design issues. There are a lot of options and ultimately, you need to decide what works best for Your book.

Most professionals submit their ms in 12-point type ~Times New Roman, Arial or Courier.

Here is a link to a pretty good rule of thumb guide for formatting a ms.


To get into even more detail, check out this book:

Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 2 likes
I wouldn’t worry too much about the typeface and formatting while you’re editing, as that is kind of getting ahead of yourself. Unless you’re writing your book in InDesign, that is. (Which probably isn’t a good idea, unless it is highly graphical.) 

Formatting should be the very last step, after every last typo is caught and corrected, because every little change will cause shifting and it doesn’t make sense to address spacing issues until after all the shifting is done. Things like playing around with kerning, to fit that one last word on the page, are a last step. You’ll get a chance to weigh in on those issues/decisions during that step, so maybe just make a note of anything unique you have in mind for now.

Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · added almost 3 years ago
Thanks AC...so the typeface is part of the template...anybody know what sort of font they might be?
Close up A.C. Weston · Author · added almost 3 years ago
If you reach full publishing, you’ll get a custom interior design - no two books will look exactly the same.

If you reach Quill, there are five templates to pick from. I suspect they’ll print a certain number of books in each of those templates and then purchase more, so that not all Quill books look the same, but I could be wrong.

I’m fairly certain you could purchase your own template if you don’t like any of the Quill options, or you could hire your own custom interior designer just as you can hire your own cover designer if you end up in Quill.
Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · added almost 3 years ago
Really obvious question...but if I’m editing I’d rather the typeface I’m working in be the same as INKSHARES publishes in so the formatting remains the same...anybody answer this simple question?