Doing a bit of blog redesign work and housekeeping stuff this weekend. So expect some wonkiness for a few days before I tidy things up! Cheers! – Nathan
So this crazy thing happened yesterday. I kicked off a four day Kindle Countdown sale for the first time, using my latest book Interview Fu: The Game Journo Guide to Conducting Killer Interviews as the guinea pig. I dropped the price to $0.99, which is basically giving the book away for free. I get a pretty minimal cut at that point, so it’s more about visibility than the money. And DAMN did it get visible! But here’s where I need your help. I’m on a quest to hit #1, and I’m SO CLOSE. I just need a little boost.
If you’ve been holding off on picking up my new book Interview Fu: The Game Journo Guide To Conducting Killer Interviews, then NOW is the time to take ninja-action! I’m doing a weeklong Kindle Countdown sale starting today, however, the book is available for $0.99 TODAY ONLY. The price will slowly creep up $1 a day until it’s back to full price at the EOD on Friday.
Grab your copy today while it’s dirt cheap. I promise the value you’ll get from this book will far outweigh your meager $0.99 investment!
Also, if you feel inclined to tell you friends and share this post, that’d be awesome! Thanks!
As someone who’s neck-deep in the process of prepping to launch a new podcast, I’ve spent a hell of a lot of time fiddling with assorted software — both free and paid — to find just the right one that hits that tricky trifect of perfect balance between reliability, functionality, and quality. SuperTintin might not look like much at first glance, but this easy-to-use audio/video recording software does some magic stuff that will save you a lot of hassle if you’re looking to record top quality audio for your podcast.
Welcome to “WANT! ->” …my totally self-serving and excessively indulgent column highlighting super cool and WTF crazy stuff that…GAAAHHH!!! I MUST HAVE THIS VERY SECOND! I love to search the internet for oddities and weird things that suit my oddball consumer fancy. In this debut edition, I have uncovered the oh-so-mighty and majestic BACON WALLET! And that’s only the start of my salty meat-crazed trip down the bacon rabbit hole.
I cringe every time I hear about hopeful writers who’ve just quit their day job to start a freelance career — BEFORE they have any steady freelance income rolling in. BEFORE they have any backup savings set aside for an emergency. BEFORE they’ve meticulously thought things through and battle-planned out how they’re going to stay afloat. Listen, how you make the leap to freelancing full-time can have a huge impact on whether or not you ultimately succeed.
Next to slinging pitches, pulling off interviews is one of the most important skills any freelancer or game journalist should strive to master in order to boost his or her writing career in the industry. Crafting thoughtful questions that engage sources and get them talking is a critical step.
When putting your questions together, it helps to start by brainstorming a rough list while you conduct your initial research. Jot down anything that comes to mind as you poke around the Internet. You can always go back and word things more intentionally, so don’t worry about sloppiness: just get it on the page. Once you have a big ol’ list of possibilities ready to go, it’s time to whittle everything down into a more focused set of polished questions.
It’s important to put some serious thought into both the kinds of questions you plan to ask and how to phrase them. You’ll want to design your questions to get your sources thinking (and talking). Here are a few quick tips to get you on the right track.