Making the dialogue get shorter, Hal, you're making the reader struggle to read it comfortably. I can understand what you're doing and from a creative point it's good that you're thinking about these kind of graph changes, but you need to think about how hard that makes the reader work. there are a number of other ways you can do what you need without shortening the font.
"We aren't safe here. If we start running now wuh--"
"Huh?" Sam was alredy moving and Jack didn't catch the last bit. 'What?"
"Away..." Sam shouted over his shoulder. "We should be able to get away. Come on."
Choose one font, stick to it, choose Times New, stick to it. Use your punctuaion and grammar to get everything else across that you need. I'd say use italics at a push, but not much else.
Some publishers prefer times new Roman, some don't, but if they ask for something else, you change the whole manuscript to their requirements.
Last edited by J.L.G.; 07-17-2010 at 03:34 AM..