So, I've checked some similar threads on the topic, but I didn't see any that specifically answered my question. Here's the situation. After quite a while of letting a certain draft sit while I worked on other projects I'm at a point where I will likely be doing a pretty significant re-write to large sections due to several pages of notes and planed improvements that have built up over that time. As I'm from Australia, the current draft is written in Australian English (closely resembling British English), but somewhat recently I've put aside the petty tribalism and nationalism that often fuels such spelling debates and have come to the conclusion that the American spelling conventions are superior. Now, I would prefer to support it going forward and since I'll be re-writing such large chunks this seems like a good time to make a decision. I'm not worried about the task of conversion since it's a pretty trivial job for anyone who knows how to use a word processor, but I am somewhat concerned about how this would work with any Australian/UK publishers. I would think that pretty much any of the major English spelling conventions would be easily understood, and easily converted, so it wouldn't be much of a problem, but I still can't help but wonder what effect, if any, the chosen spelling conventions would have when attempting to get published. I figure I'm probably overthinking things here, but it doesn't hurt to discuss such issues before I embark on the re-writes. Oh, and just to add a bit more discussion value to the topic, has anyone else switched to a spelling convention other than the local one? If so, what made you change?