Are you curious about video game journalism? How about freelancing? Or BOTH? You’re in luck! Dan Amrich and I have teamed up to offer you a huge discount on the Kindle versions of our respective how-to guides on nabbing a career writing about games for a living! Both books complement each other well and are packed with helpful tips and advice for aspiring game journalists and writers!
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Have you been struggling with your article pitches? Need a quick boost of tip advice to iron out the rough spots? Check out my free 4,000+ word PDF mini-guide “12 Ways To Improve Your Pitches!” This handy ebook for freelancers and aspiring game journalists is available as a free download to anyone who subscribes to my Game Journo Guides mailing list! All you have to do is sign-up, and you’ll get an email shortly afterwards with the download link! Don’t worry, I only send out very sporadic mailing blast, so you won’t get inundated. Plus, subscribers get access to exclusive freebies, special offers, and advance news on upcoming game journo guide books I’m working on, like my next book: Interview Fu: The Game Journo Guide To Conducting Killer Interviews.
Oh, man. It’s that holiday season thing again, isn’t it? What? Gahhh! That means there’s so much crazy holiday shopping to look forward to in the months ahead. Awesome?! If you’re looking for that special gift (or massive pile of gifts) for that special game journo or writerly-type person in your life, never fear! Here’s the first installment of my multi-part series on killer gift picks for writers, game journalists, and nerd-folks. First up? BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS!
I use Grammarly for proofreading because the word warriors battling inside my head want to win the fight against epic sentence fails.
Seriously, though. Do you occasionally struggle with grammar and sentence structure when writing your pitches and articles? Having a tool that instantly points out potential troubles spots and thoroughly explains why your writing is sucktastic is pretty handy. It also never hurts to have an extra set of eyes, even if they’re robot ones, to glance over your pieces before you fire away. Not such a fan of robots? Well, there are books for that too. Read on!
The publishing landscape is changing dramatically. When it comes to writing and launching a new book, DIY is increasingly becoming the way to go these days. The reasons are numerous. You have more control over the end product and more freedom to experiment. Also, it’s faster, there’s less risk involved, and you can get a disgustingly better royalty rate than with traditional publishers. Self-publishing isn’t what it was a decade ago. It’s way better, though you still have to do most of the heavy lifting yourself. Sadly, that’s often becoming the case with a lot of traditionally published authors too. So why not take control and put together your book on your own terms?
It’s possible to write elegantly without weaving an overabundance of flowery words throughout your prose. Just because a big word looks and sounds cool in the thesaurus doesn’t mean it belongs in your game review or feature article. Instead of writing to make yourself sound intellectually stimulating, try writing in a conversational tone that’s more digestible and easier to read. Your readers shouldn’t have to pull out a dictionary to decode what you’re trying to say.
Finding the right people to talk to for your articles can be a challenge at times, but getting the right sources can make a world of difference in how your final piece comes together. Thankfully, it’s a hurdle that’s easily overcome with some detective work and a little creative thinking. The process begins with the type of article you’re writing, the topic, and your specific angle. Nailing down those three elements makes figuring out the rest a lot easier. Then it’s time to rally the troops and get brainstorming to generate a list of potential sources. Here are some of the more common places to find prime candidates for generating the interview material you’re looking for.