April 14, 2012
by Dave McClintock

Benchmarks for Estimating Editing Speed – Update

I was happy to hear my article “Benchmarks for Estimating Editing Speed” will be discussed in Heather Severson’s workshop “The Mercenary Writer’s Guide to Setting Fees: How to Bid a Project in 5 Minutes or Less” on Tuesday, April 17, in Tuscon, for The Arizona Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Heather was kind enough to list the article as a resource, on her Mercenary Writer blog, too. (Thank you, Heather!) Check it out!

If you’re an editor, please take a look at the article and e-mail me your “personal word processing speed” – how long it takes you to edit at heavy, medium, and light levels of detail.

Here’s a snip from the article:

The trick to estimating is to identify your brain’s preferred rate of word processing – not the optimum, two-espresso brain speed, but something more comfortable and sustainable. Just as you are unique, so must your estimates be unique to your skills and the constraints imposed on you. Once you’ve determined your personal word processing speed, you’ll find it easier to schedule your work when the ideal amount of time your estimate calls for is compressed by an external party’s deadline. Shifting out of heavy-editing mode should become easier for you the more you’ve measured yourself in the other modes.

Photos: Aaron Hobson’s Google Street Views

November 20, 2011 by Dave McClintock | 0 comments

Check out Aaron Hobson’s brilliant portfolio of Google Street View shots taken around the world, in “enchanted and remote lands” typically only seen by locals.  Such a great idea!  http://aaronhobson.com/gsv.html (h/t thenextweb.)


Check out the full collection of photos on Aaron’s site. (via Photos Taken by Google Street View Cameras)

November 5, 2011
by Dave McClintock

Fred Lebow and the NYC Marathon: Thinking Big and Scaling Up a Start-Up

Today, on Thirteen (TV, not online), I saw Run for Your Life, the documentary on Fred Lebow, the runner who dreamed big, lived what he loved to do, and created one of the most successful start-ups the City has ever seen: The New York City Marathon.

Most years, we head down to 4th Avenue, in Brooklyn, to watch the marathon, but I had never known its history or thought about what a huge task it must have been to get thousands of runners to cut a 26-mile path through all five boroughs – let alone to get permission and sponsors for it!

Try to see the film, if you can, whether or not you’re an entrepreneur … or a runner.  It will replay on Thirteen at 7:30 a.m. and midnight on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (But don’t forget to set your DVR clock to fall back :o)

Check out my review of the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, on ComputerShopper.com.

Kobo eReader Touch Edition reviewAt $129, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is $10 cheaper than the Nook Simple Touch and $30 more expensive than the Kindle Touch coming in November. With powerful font controls, a slim/light form factor, and ePub compatibility (allowing it to read the most universal ebook format, available through public libraries), the Kobo remains a compelling alternative (even though it may become less prevalent in the US market following the demise of Borders).

June 22, 2011
by Dave McClintock

Women Over 40 – This Book’s for You: Get DARE From Here!

Get DARE From Here!My MBA classmate Liz DiMarco Weinmann just released her first book, Get DARE From Here! ($23.95, 330 pp.: https://www.createspace.com/3626200).

Soon after we started our MBA program at NYU, in 2007, Liz told me she was thinking of writing a book someday. She knew I’d been in book publishing/marketing for 15+ years at that point – and I knew she really would write that book (unlike most folks who consider writing a book – myself included!). 

Check it out and order copies for all the ladies in your life!  I’m ordering my own copy (and I don’t get any kickbacks – I’m just psyched for her!  🙂 

Here’s a snip from the description:

Get DARE From Here!(tm) is for all women over 40 who are fed up with being called cougars, cobras and crones, and who want instead to mash the myths, bash the biases and slam the stereotypes. The book is easy to follow, with energizing insights, ideas and exercises for developing a personal strategy, action plan, leadership profile and hopeful vision for an enduring legacy.

June 16, 2011
by Dave McClintock

New Experiment: Wearing My Special Occasion Shoes Every Day

Florsheim Cap Toe OxfordsIn 1996 or so, my newly wed bride and I were invited to my boss’s husband’s 50th birthday party.

We were excited. It was our first grown up party since our wedding, to be held in Ponte’s, a nice restaurant on Desbrosses, in Tribeca.

I got a haircut, a new shirt, and a pair of Florsheim oxfords. The memory stands out because those are things I rarely do. Two years earlier, I was in a post-punk band and roamed the East Village in a motorcycle jacket, black boots, and similar grungewear.

Then and now, I wear shoes until I get tired of wet socks on rainy days. When the most recent iteration of this ended – and I set aside some wingtips – I dug out the Florsheims. My special occasion shoes.

So, does it feel like every day is a … (sorry) … special occasion?

Yes! I’m enjoying the memory of that youthful evening. And I’m burning my reserves, knowing that I won’t have a nicer pair waiting in the wings when the next big night arrives.