Action Novels and Military Fiction Book Editors

A great “action” novel will keep readers flipping pages. Action fiction is a literary genre that includes spy novels, adventure stories, mysteries, and tales of terror and intrigue. Each of these genres requires similar elements of fiction—and each is a challenging task.

A strong action novel will feature a protagonist with a deep backstory whom we empathize with and hopefully grow to love. This hero faces a conflict that becomes more complicated, more dangerous, and seemingly insurmountable as the novel progresses. Fueling the conflict is a persistent nemesis who seems undefeatable.

Brisk, crisp prose with energized action verbs is often required to keep the story’s engine running. So too are multidimensional side characters, vividly drawn settings, and appeals to our emotions and senses—sights, sounds, smells, and feel. Whether traditionally publishing or self-publishing, reviewers will notice and remark about the pacing, the dramatic climax, and the resolution—the essentials of a great action novel. If you didn’t hire a professional editor and/or proofreader, they will also notice typos and narrative grammar mistakes. If your dialogue is grammatically correct, they’ll point that out as well.

Military fiction has a special challenge. A large percentage of military fiction readers are current or former service men and women. Military service itself is based on careful adherence to rules and procedures, and such readers expect military novel authors to be meticulously accurate. Our military editors are well versed in the vernacular and terms of the armed forces, and they are laser focused on accuracy and consistency of style and spelling.

Completing a publish-ready novel is a monumental effort, and you can’t do it without professional help. Team with Book Editing Associates in your quest to fulfill the book of your dreams.

David Alan

David Alan

Line editing, copy editing, content/developmental editing, proofreading, query letters

Fiction: novels, young adult, children’s, historical fiction
Nonfiction: memoirs, history, health/wellness, mental health, personal finance, military, politics, sports, biographies, social issues, and more

DAVID ALAN has edited more than 200 books and authored nearly 100 books for 30 publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.

His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.

Henry Denard

Henry Denard

Major Commercial Fiction, Nonfiction, and Screenwriting

Publishing a book at a traditional (Big 5) publisher is pass/fail . . . where pass is a 97%.

I excel at taking material from a “B-“ and putting it over the top, to an “A+.” Your material may, or may not, sell, but I’ll turn it into the best manuscript it can be.

Apart from editing adult trade, young adult, and middle grade fiction and nonfiction, I’m also a screenwriter (WGA) and film producer for the studios.

My recently edited books include Girl From Nowhere by Tiffany Rosenhan (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Sixty Stories About Thirty Seconds by Bruce Van Dusen (Post Hill/Simon & Schuster, 2020). Both are debut authors.

My past bestselling authors include Anthony Bourdain (my name is at the top of the acknowledgments of Kitchen Confidential), Chris Wallace (Character), Richard Marcinko (Rogue Warrior), Steven Pressfield (The War of Art), Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket Diaries), and Brett Favre (Favre).

My titles have been featured on: Sixty Minutes, The Today Show, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and the front page of The New York Times. Two books I bought, edited, and published sold to studios (Warner and Universal) for over $1 million.

I founded and was editor-in-chief of Rugged Land Books, distributed by Penguin Random House, where I acquired, edited, published, and helped to write dozens of titles.

As an author, I recently completed The Last Duke for Duke University Press (2021). I have written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal among other publications.

On the film side, I developed and produced The Conspirator (Robin Wright, directed by Robert Redford), Gone in Sixty Seconds (Nicolas Cage, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer) and The Negotiator (Samuel Jackson, directed by Gary Gray) among other films.

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