What to Expect: Reviewing Author on Existing Book Chapter

What Is an ICLE Book Chapter?

A book chapter is an authoritative and continually updated legal analysis of a particular area of law or legal topic.

Benefits of Becoming a Reviewing Author on an Existing Chapter

  • Join a group of esteemed experts contributing to a well-established book
  • Boost your credentials and be recognized as an expert
  • Share your unique perspective
  • Receive complimentary access to the online book and a complimentary copy when the book prints

Contact with ICLE Staff

  • An ICLE staff lawyer will
    • explain the process to you in detail,
    • send you a publishing agreement to review and sign,
    • work with you on any edits to your chapter, and
    • if applicable, send you a link to the revised chapter once it is posted on the ICLE website.
  • An ICLE staff member will request your biography and high-resolution photo for the ICLE website.
  • Feel free to contact the ICLE staff lawyer working with you at any point during the process if you have questions.

Time Commitment

In taking over an existing book chapter, you will benefit from the groundwork already done by the previous author(s). Reviewing authors begin covering chapters under a number of circumstances. You may be asked to make some revisions right away if the chapter needs a good deal of attention, or you might be asked to simply take over the chapter and begin the work described below. The ICLE lawyer will work with you to discuss needed changes and a time line.

Continuing Obligations

Our online books are continually updated. That means that if there are changes to the law over the course of the year that affect the content of the chapter, an ICLE staff lawyer will contact you with questions or suggestions, and you will draft and approve edits. Outside of the continual updating process, we will send the chapter for your review whenever the print book is scheduled for a supplement or revision. Some of our books are printed yearly or every two years, and others are not on a set printing schedule. (Even if the book is not going to print, you may be asked to review between print supplements.) The ICLE lawyer working with you will give you ample notice when a review is needed. During the review process, the ICLE lawyer will send you a redline of your chapter showing all of the changes made since the last printing, as well as a Microsoft Word document for you to use to make any desired changes.