Update on the Young Atheists Book

Remember how my plan was to write the book over the summer? Well, I wrote about 90% of it over the summer and I figured I could fix up the rest of it after the school year began. I didn’t realize that once I got back into the classroom, it would be *really* hard to get back into writing mode…

Anyway, this weekend, I reread the manuscript after weeks of not thinking about it, removed a 5,000-word chapter that I spent two weeks writing because everyone told me it just didn’t flow with the rest of the book, made some changes to the other chapters based on the feedback of volunteer readers (thanks!), updated some of the stories I talk about, and fixed the chapter titles.

Much like with the posts on this site, I could change everything I write with each subsequent readthrough… so at some point, you just have to stop and call it a night. On the upside, after making the changes yesterday, I felt really proud with what I had written, so I sent the draft to my editor at Patheos Press. Yay! Now, it’s out of my hands for a little while.

The next steps:

  • Make changes after I get it back from her (hopefully not *too* many)
  • Double-check the 3894232 footnotes
  • Get the foreword written by someone awesome
  • Get blurbs
  • Get a cover

Question to all of you: There are a few websites I mention directly in the text (as opposed to the footnotes). Since it’ll be an e-book, would you rather see the URL written out or would it be better to see a QR Code directly in the text?

I’m hoping the book will be out soon, but I don’t have an exact date just yet. Still, I can’t wait for you to read it!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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