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Hi,
I am looking for a little help with the title of this book. I am not sure if all or only part should be in italics. What do you think? Also, should the hyphen stay or go?
The Atheist and The Afterlife—An Autobiography : A true story of inspiration, transformation, and the pursuit of enlightenment, Awakening Series Book 1
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That is one heck of a title! :) The guidelines only say the title needs to be in italics every time, but there are also style and grammatical errors that may pop up. In this case, I would go with as short a title as possible, removing “Awakening Series Book 1” since it’s not on the cover of the book. And although Amazon lists the title the way you have it written, there should not be a space before the colon, and in most style guides, the subtitle should follow the same capitalization rules as the title. There is also support for capitalizing the “short” words or not, but consistency is key. Both official reviews do not include the subtitle, and Bookshelves has the subtitle capitalized properly. The dash should stay.

Whew! After all that, if I were writing this review, I would use one of these two options:

The Atheist and the Afterlife—An Autobiography
The Atheist and the Afterlife—An Autobiography: A True Story of Inspiration, Transformation, and the Pursuit of Enlightenment

I sincerely hope this helped.
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Thank you!!!! Like you stated:"it is one heck of a title"
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So, I used your first example as follows:
The Atheist and the Afterlife—An Autobiography, is a stunningly honest work by Ray Catania.
this is what I got on my score : The Atheist and the Afterlife—An [Autobiography,] is a stunningly honest work by Ray Catania. Yup, I was dinged for it.
some days I just want to give up!
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lesheath wrote: ↑03 Aug 2022, 23:19 So, I used your first example as follows:
The Atheist and the Afterlife—An Autobiography, is a stunningly honest work by Ray Catania.
this is what I got on my score : The Atheist and the Afterlife—An [Autobiography,] is a stunningly honest work by Ray Catania. Yup, I was dinged for it.
some days I just want to give up!

The ding was for having a comma between the subject and the verb; the title looks great! :D

Sometimes it’s frustrating being very careful about one thing only to get tripped up on something else. Tomorrow is another day…
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:lol2: I know. It also helps if I wear my granny glasses while editing!
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