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Editing Military History Books With Ease

military history booksEditing military history books is an extremely important step of the writing process, because non-fiction books have to be written in a clear, perfectly structured way so that the reader can easily digest the information presented to them. Writers, as good as they are, do not always get the structure and clarity right first time around.

More than anything, the target audience has to bore in mind when edit a books of military history. This means that as an editor you have to get the tone absolutely right, otherwise you risk alienating the reader. Knowing your target audience and knowing the kind of books they read is an essential factor in knowing how to edit military history books.

Structure

Military history books, like all non-fiction books, need a clearly defined structure which means that the order of the chapters allows the reader to easily make the transition from one to the next without feeling confused. If the order of the chapters is awry, the reader will feel confused by gaps in logic. Start with a beginning, a middle and end just like you would with a novel.

Even more importantly, the structure of each chapter needs to be worked on during the book editing stage. It is not always the case that a writer will hit the jackpot the first time around. Often, the structure of a chapter is a little jumbled. To help you with structure, you can create a structural template for each chapter. It could be something like: Anecdote of a certain time in military history —> analysis —> conclusion.

Clarity

As well as structure, military history books absolutely must be clear with what they’re trying to say. As an editor, you can collaborate with the writer (or you may be the writer yourself) to establish exactly what the book and each chapter is saying to the reader. Simple, effective language is much better at achieving clarity, as opposed to flowery, big words.

Look Out For Subjectivity

Editing military history books means that you are on the lookout for moments of subjectivity. If the writer has been too opinionated in certain sections without intending to be, rework to make it more objective. The audience will be looking for facts and figures, and for this reason your edit should be as objective as possible.

Check All Facts

Are the facts and figures correct? Are the events in the right place? Did such-and-such a battle take place in the year that’s been written down? When editing military history books, it’s imperative that all facts are correct at the time of writing, otherwise not only will the book be unconvincing to its readers, but it may also be susceptible to offending people.

As well as military history books for adults, editing history books for children is also a difficult process that can be made easier.

History Books For Children

Kids history books are much more fun to read than military history books aimed at adults. They are playful and colourful, whereas adult books are more sombre and serious. For this reason, when editing history books for children, you to:

  • Make sure the tone is always fun and engaging
  • Include pictures
  • Keep the outlook of the book positive
  • Include areas for interaction with the kids
  • Keep the language simple
  • Add funny traits to the historical figures being discussed

Kids history books are important for a child’s intellectual development. For a child to be interested in reading about history, it’s important that the book in question appeals to them. For this reason, when editing history books for children, you need to keep things fun and light-hearted without losing sight of the facts.

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