- Hardcover: 167 pages
- Publisher: Carolina Academic Press; 1 edition (May 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611631912
- ISBN-13: 978-1611631913
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Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government, and Law 1st Edition
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''Joseph Kimble's book Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please [is] full of real-life examples of how plain language saves time and money for governments and businesses.... When I am doing presentations on the merits of plain language, I show the book to people, saying 'I've got a whole book full of examples, from real workplaces, of what I'm talking about.' That makes them realise I am talking about something that has evidence to back it up.... As an additional bonus, Kimble refutes 10 myths about plain language and describes 40 'historical highlights' in the push for plain language worldwide.'' -- Blog of the Center for Plain Language, Writing for Dollars (January 21, 2015).
''This is the one we've been waiting for--Joe Kimble's update of his classic earlier work on the benefits of plain language, written in his lively, distinctive style. If this doesn't convince lawyers, business writers, and government writers to use plain language, nothing will. They all need to have this book and take it to heart. It promises to be a game-changer for public communication.'' -- Annetta Cheek, Chair, Center for Plain Language
''When people demand proof that plain language works, we can now utter four short words: 'Read Joe Kimble's book.' Proof aside, it will also give them sound guidelines for creating clear documents, plus a fresh and inspiring history of our field.'' -- Martin Cutts, author of The Oxford Guide to Plain English
''The book...make[s] a powerful case for the value of plain language: the business case, the government case, and the citizens' case.'' -- Blog of the Center for Plain Language, Plain Language Matters (May 30, 2012)
''Joe Kimble's past writings on [plain language] have been classics; this book promises to be another.'' -- Raymond Ward, ''The (New) Legal Writer'' Blog (June 17, 2012)
''If you are looking for clear evidence to support the claim that plain language works, you can't go wrong with a new book, Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please by Joseph Kimble, an international expert on legal writing. It's full of examples from real agencies.... The book has over 50 case studies showing clear, measurable improvements and the value of plain language in reducing costs and increasing effectiveness.'' -- ''Usability in Civic Life'' Blog (July 5, 2012)
''Kimble sets to rest arguments against using plain language...[and] gives those who care about good writing the backup they need.... The numbers [in the case studies] are astounding.'' -- CBA (Chicago Bar Association) Record
''With a refreshingly honest tone,...Kimble presents compelling...arguments and evidence that plain language is the only sensible choice for any legal document....'' --American Association of Law Libraries, ''Spectrum'' Blog (August 22, 2012)
''Kimble does not merely offer opinions. His book includes hundreds of footnotes with citations to important articles and resources for those interested in plain language. There is a treasure trove of information in these notes.... The book is readable and well organized. Kimble's list of the elements of plain language would be useful for any lawyer. For lawyers interested in more than the basics of plain language, this book is a wonderful resource....'' --The Colorado Lawyer
''What a terrific compilation of resources for those of us interested in more successful workplace writing! . . . If any of you are trying to convince management that it s worth it to spend time creating more efficient and effective documents, you need to get a copy of this book.'' --''Pros Write'' Blog (Jan. 2, 2013)
About the Author
Joseph Kimble is a Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
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He was one of the first to start a writing class in law school. Besides publishing books and articles on plain language, he has been the editor of the "Scribes Journal of Legal Writing" and the "Plain Language" column in the "Michigan law Journal." He is past president of Clarity, the first international plain-language organization.
Most recently, he led the effort of revising the Federal Rules of Court Procedures and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
This book is an outgrowth of an article Kimble wrote in 1996 for "The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing," and which he reprinted and distributed free for many years.
For me, Part One is the most interesting as it tells the story of how Kimble got involved in promoting plain language. He notes he took little notice of the accustomed style of legal writing for three years after becoming a lawyer.
Then, after reading Reed Dickerson's "Fundamentals of Legal Drafting" and "Modern English Usage" by Wilson Follett and Jacques Barzun, he was convinced that legal language could be made easier to read, becoming not only more accessible but also more accurate and precise. Thus began a remarkable career in legal communications that would benefit millions.
Part Two, "The Elements of Plain Language," is a short introduction into how to write plain language. As Kimble mentions, "bare outlines are not enough: they have to be explained and illustrated..." The rest of the book has many before-and-after examples of plain-language treatments. As other reviewers have said, the reader can find more of the nut-and-bolts of plain language elsewhere.
In Part Three, "Answering the Critics (by Dispelling the Myths)," Kimble is at his most vigorous, taking on the excuses that attorneys and others use to reject plain language. In good adversarial fashion, he undermines a range of excuses with studies, facts, and figures. He shows how legal language is always more effective and accurate because it is easier to understand.
Part Four, "Some Historical Highlights" is perhaps the most original section of the book, giving a good introduction to the story of the plain-language movement. It lists the landmark publications, the organizations dedicated to the promulgation of plain language, and the laws and government projects supporting plain language.
Part Five, "The Extraordinary Benefits," is an expansion of the original article, "Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please," actually doubling the number of cases sowing how plain language benefits the bottom line as well as readers. Kimble's evidence is air-tight: clear and easy-to-read documents save organizations millions of dollars and keep the attention of readers.
While plain language is not easy and may be more difficult to produce, over time, the benefits far outweigh the added costs.
Thank you, Joe Kimble, for this extraordinary work! Eminently easy-to-read, it is already a classic.