Picture a mom, surfing Amazon one morning. Maybe she’ll buy your picture book? It’s perfect for her kids. The cover sure looks promising, she thinks. She clicks on it to Look Inside. She skips through a couple of pages, and suddenly, she’s shaking her head.
Something’s clued her in. She’s figured out that your book is self-published and she suddenly has no desire to read any further.
What went wrong???
Readers don’t usually know exactly what’s turned them off about a self-published book. But a lot of the time, badly-chosen fonts are the culprit. Maybe your fonts are amateurish? Maybe you’re using cruddy novelty fonts that make your book hard to read or dizzying on the page?
Today, there are so many great great FREE font choices out there. Your book doesn’t have to be the one she clicks shut. It could be the one she clicks Buy for instead and eagerly waits for it to show up in her mailbox so she can share it with her kids.
You may not be a professional graphic designer, but you should have some understanding of the basics of what makes a good font combination. The fonts of your book should be:
- readable (for adults and kids)
- normal, ie not attract TOO much attention
I’m sure you’ve seen children’s stories that look like this. The text is muddled and hard to read:
So how can you rescue your book from falling into the same trap?
Ten free font combos to the rescue!
These 10 winning font combos are superheroes of the modern design world. They’ll help you perk up any kids’ book and create just the right mood for your story. These 20 fonts are all free, so there's no excuse to stick with Calibri, Times New Roman, Papyrus or (gasp!) Comic Sans anymore.