MSCD4: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The third edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is 510 pages long. Today I was surprised to be told that the fourth edition will weigh in at around 700 pages. That represents a lot of new material, particularly when you take into account that I’ve omitted chapter 20 (Drafting Corporate Resolutions).

There’s no padding in the fourth edition. But I also made no effort to keep it lean: if I thought a topic worthwhile, in it went. I’m comfortable with the fourth edition being something of a door stopper: in 2018 I’ll be publishing with the ABA my shorter book, Drafting Clearer Contracts: A Style Guide for Contract Drafting, for those who don’t want a lot of explication.

But if you think it should be shorter, let me know.

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.

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