Game On: Looking for Volunteers to Review the Manuscript of the Fourth Edition of “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting”

[Updated 9 March 2017: Thank you all, but I now have all the volunteers I can handle.]

OK, girls and boys, it’s time to start the process of publishing the fourth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. The first part of that process is having some brave souls crawl over the manuscript looking for problems big and small. Anyone up for it? If so, email me. I’ll send the manuscript out over the weekend.

If we’ve corresponded before, expressing interest is all that’s required. If I don’t know you, please tell me a bit about yourself and why you’re interested. International volunteers welcome—the fourth edition will be a bit more international in scope.

All I can hope for is that some of you are deranged enough to find that sort of thing interesting. But as a modest extra inducement, I’ll have a limited number of free copies to give to those who contribute in a nontrivial way.

It amazes me what some publishers think justifies a new edition. The second edition of one book on contract drafting I have is a big two pages longer than the first edition. The second and third editions of MSCD were each a big step up, and that will be the case with the fourth edition, as it will be around 15% bigger than the third edition. It reflects four years of my plugging away.

One difference this time around is that what’s in the third edition needs little in the way of reworking. When I revisit some parts I wonder what kind of performance-enhancing drug I was on when I wrote them and where I can get more of the stuff.

The fourth edition might be 75 pages longer. That might affect the format.

To get a taste of the fourth edition, go to this post to check out the current version of the introduction.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.