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Written Note

Example of a Written Note from Dracula

Use the Written Note Text Feature to format a letter, then configure your Style to choose from a selection of fonts.

Adding a Written Note

To add a Written Note to your book, select the paragraphs in the note and choose the Written Note item from the Text Feature menu.

Vellum's Text Feature menu

This feature was added in Vellum 3.4. Make sure you are up-to-date.

Configuring Content

Paragraphs in a Written Note can be formatted independently. Each paragraph will be Indented by default, but you can assign a different alignment or inset amount.

Diagram for alignment options in a written note

As shown above, you can Right align a letter’s date and Left align its salutation. And you can use the Deep Inset option for a letter’s closing.

You can make these assignments using the popup menu to the right of each Written Note paragraph in the Text Editor:


By default, when the note appears in your book, it will use a cursive, “handwritten” font

A Written Note, in a cursive font, shown in an ebook on a Kindle

You can find more font options in the Written Note section of Styles:

Keep Lines on Same Page

It’s possible for a page break to occur within the middle of a Written Note. If you’d prefer this not happen, you can make use of Keep Lines on Same Page, accessible from the gear menu:

Keep Lines On Same Page menu item in menu for Written Note

With Keep Lines on Same Page enabled, the entire letter will stay together on the same page of your book.

Note: Keep Lines on Same Page is not supported by Kobo or Google Play. Vellum’s Preview will reflect this.

Sideloading Limitations

In Kindle ebooks that are sideloaded (rather than purchased from Amazon), there are some situations where the custom font used for a Written Note isn’t displayed: