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Simple Tricks Of Military Strategy Book Editing

military strategy booksEditing non-fiction books like military strategy books requires a lot of due diligence. Because military strategy books have a lot of information to convey to the reader, it’s important that the book is written in an easy-to-understand, clear and concise way. For this reason, the structure of the book is fundamental, as is the tone.

Knowing your target audience helps to resolve a number of structural and tone issues. The way that military science books are edited will be different to the way that military fiction books or business economics books are edited. Whereas military fiction books are written to entertain their reader via a number of dangerous encounters and circumstances, military strategy books are written to inform.

Let’s take a look at a few simple tricks you can employ to make editing military strategy books easier.

Get The Structure Right

Just like an army has to structure their strategy so that their team understands their roles perfectly, you as en editor have to be able to structure your military strategy books so that the reader can easily understand what they are reading. Bad structure leads to confusion, and whilst a writer might be able to piece together sentences and paragraphs that alone look beautiful to read, they’re not always the most adept at structuring their chapters so that the information flows from beginning to end.

To make sure that each chapter is structured just right, you can apply the same template to each chapter. It could be something like: Introduction of subject matter —> Anecdote of a historical strategical battle —> Analysis of said battle and outcomes —> Conclusion.

Get The Tone Right

If you’re unsure of your target audience, the best thing you can do before editing books of military science is to read one or two. This will help to remind you of the kind of tone readers of these kinds of books appreciate.

Make Sure All Facts Are Correct

Military science books appeal to a very defined target audience. People who read them are looking for exact information on great generals and great battles. If the facts presented in your book are incorrect, you’re going to upset a lot of people. Moreover, you will alienate your audience and tarnish your reputation. All facts need to be checked and verified.

Tell A Story

Okay, military strategy books are non-fiction, but the reader still wants to feel like they’re being told a story. They want to feel involved and immersed in the book, as opposed to feeling cold and detached. Military strategy books can alienate the reader if everything is facts and figures. Quotes as well as anecdotes are helpful in helping you take your reader on a journey. Keep them wanting more.

Hook The Reader

The best way of opening each chapter is by beginning with a story. This could be a military battle that the chapter is focused on. You don’t have to start each chapter with a story before going onto analysing it, but you need some way of grabbing the readers’ attention early on.

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