Book update

I’ve cracked the 4,000-word barrier.  I also think I’ve settled on the title “Unapologetic.”  Should I have a subtitle?  I’m leaning toward no.  Any ideas for one?

“A world friendly to reason is a world where lazy thinking is met with immediate and unmitigated disapproval whether the culprit is a theist or not.”

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A world friendly to reason is a world where lazy thinking is met with immediate and unmitigated disapproval whether the culprit is a theist or not.

  • Robert B.

    I’d make that two sentences, if it were me, but that’s within the realm of legitimate stylistic differences.

  • Rory

    If you can get by without one, I’m inclined to say no subtitle. But, if the publisher thinks it’s really necessary, it’s probably worth capitulating in order to increase your audience. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Richard

    Needs a subtitle as unapologetic I think has been used before. Don’t want to get confused with actual apologetic stories.(http://www.amazon.com/Unapologetic-Apologetics-Meeting-Challenges-Theological/dp/0830815635)

    How about “How backhanding apologetics is a sport where you don’t even have to break a sweat.”
    or “Why apologetics are really fucking stupid.”
    or “Bad ideas should be disrespected”

    • Rory

      I applaud your suggested use of ‘backhanding.’

  • ccaldwell314

    Unapologetic: Refuting Apologetics Without Remorse

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/author/kate/ Kate Donovan

    If you’re in need of a copy editor, I used to be one.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

    Unapologetic is a great title.

  • Drakk

    Unapologetic: And Why I Have to Waste My Time Explaining Why I Am, When it’s So Obvious a Ten Year Old Could See It.

  • dcortesi

    “A world friendly to reason is a world where lazy thinking is met with immediate and unmitigated disapproval whether the culprit is a theist or not.”

    Too wordy.

    “A world friendly to reason is one where lazy thinking is met with immediate ridicule, whatever the subject.”

    (If that was a quote, apologies to whomever)

    If you don’t want to re-use “Unapologetic” alone, you could use it as an adjective, as in “Unapologetic Thinking” or “The Unapologetic Stance” or “The Unapologetic Atheist”.

    Tip from a pro: do not count words as a marker of progress. Each topic, each paragraph, has a necessary number of words, usually fewer than in your first draft. (Thus, revision often reduces word count, but is not negative progress.)

    Count topics, or count chapters, or whatever your major textual chunkage is. If there’s a big, hard chunk, break it down into smaller chunks and count those.

  • rikitiki

    “Unapologetics – or, why religion needs apologies.”


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