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Referencing Stories: List it as the Author Does, or How the Title is Spelled?

Crumbly Writer

Ran into an intriguing dilemma today. Adding another new epigraphy, the Series Title is listed as Hush, Hush Saga, but it, and every book in the series are spelled with lower-case capitals (reverse Title Case?)

My question then, is do I list it as Hush, Hush Saga or as hush, hush Saga (since the S in Sage is in a normal font)?

My first inclination is to go with how the author defines it, since that's how libraries would list it, but it just looks wrong to do it that way, since it's not the way the title appears on ANY of the books.

Replies:   PlaysWithWires
PlaysWithWires

@Crumbly Writer

She mostly uses 'Hush, Hush Saga', but in at least one place on her blog (blogspot) she uses 'HUSH, HUSH saga'.
All the graphic (as opposed to text) uses look to be 'hush, hush SAGA'
The books are hush, hush
crescendo THE SEQUEL TO hush,hush
silence THE THIRD BOOK IN THE hush,hush SAGA
finale THE FOURTH BOOK IN THE hush, hush SAGA

(casing copied from the covers)
I don't think any rules are being observed here, it's just artistic choice.

The most common text use seems to be 'Hush, Hush Saga', so go with that - the others are artists impressions.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@PlaysWithWires

The most common text use seems to be 'Hush, Hush Saga', so go with that - the others are artists impressions.

I know precisely what provokes the confusion, as she selected a particular 'lower-case only' font. You most often find the other, 'upper-case only' fonts. Thus it's not so much an artistic choice, as it is selecting a limited-use font. It appears clear that, if she had access to the Capital letters, the series tile would have been "Hush, Hush". Still, the first book in the series is titled "Hush, Hush", not "hush, hush".

Note: I deal with limited-use fonts often, but since it's more common to encounter capital-only fonts, I simply size the lower-case characters about ten pts smaller so it's clear they're lower case characters, though I have been known to manually create my own characters, including needed punctuation marks (with the font designers knowledge, of course).

Replies:   PlaysWithWires
PlaysWithWires

@Crumbly Writer

the first book in the series is titled "Hush, Hush", not "hush, hush".


I was going by the appearance of the text on the book cover images on her site - all of them look like lower case.

The artistic choice lies in the selection of the font, but I get what you mean.
Is that an actual font, or letters (graphics) drawn for this application?

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