There really isn't anything I love more than spending a Sunday afternoon opening all of my manuscript drafts and changing a format element because I learned something new. There was the day I realized I needed to put my contact information on the first page (duh!). The day I added a word count to start the manuscript and an "End" to finish it. Then there was the day I formatted everything in Courier 10 based on several websites' recommendation.
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As I changed the font size on all my drafts, Moira Allen's discussion of the heated debate on fonts (http://www.writing-world.com/basics/manuscript.shtml) helped to satisfy my frustration. Do editors really even care about font?
I did not yet make a change on the font type. While SCBWI recommends Arial or Times New Roman, I am hesitant to make the switch from Courier. Even though I really dislike the dated look of Courier (so 1995!) and I loves me some Times New Roman, I may just take the chance for now on Courier.
Look for more great posts where I screw up! Wait, what is this about "title in ALL CAPS"... son of a...
UPDATE: I am fully converted! 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1" margins, word count top right, contact info top left, title centered, author centered 3 lines down from title, story starts 3 lines down from author. Voila! Oh, the hardship of the beginning writer who loses hours just figuring out format.