Proofreading and A Harder to Read Font

Whether you’re writing a children’s book, a novel, a blog post, or anything else, every author wants it to be error free.

No matter what you’re writing, the first step to get there is to edit and proofread your content.

If you’re submitting a manuscript to a literary agent or book publisher, it’s essential for it be polished. And it’s just as important if you’re self-publishing.

Well, according to Shane Frederick from Yale University, along with the your initial edit and proofreading, you need to read your manuscript in a more difficult font.

Frederick developed a simple 3 question or riddle test to reveal how students think and how it’s easy for the brain to miss things, including the right answer. The first response of the brain is to choose the simplest answer, the quickest one.

When it comes to proofreading, as Arial or New Times Roman are the most commonly used fonts, it’s advised to change your manuscript’s font to Monotype or Comic Sans Italicized. Using these more difficult to read fonts will reveal problems you skipped over in the font you usually use.

When the brain has to work harder to read and understand something, what you’re reading is better absorbed and retained.

Check out the video:

It’s an interesting phenomenon. Give it a try.


Whether you need help with ghostwriting or rewriting, or coaching, let me take a look at your children’s story. Just send me an email at: Please put “Children’s Writing” in the Subject box. Or, give me a call at 347—834—6700

Let’s get your idea off the launch pad or your outline into a publishable story today!

Or, if you’d rather give it a shot and do-it-yourself, check out my book, HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S FICTION BOOK.


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