Join The New Freelance Game Journo Network Facebook Group!

gamejournogroupbannerfacebook copyFor a long time now, I’ve been meaning to build a place online where the many awesome game journalists, freelancers, and writer folks I interact with on a one-on-one basis can freely interact with one another! Many of you have the same questions, challenges, and obstacles, and it makes super sense to me to introduce everyone to each other so we can share insights and grow together as a community!

That’s why I finally created the Freelance Game Journo Network. It’s a private Facebook group that’s designed to be a safe place for game-centric writers — both newcomers and more seasoned pros alike — to network and communicate. If you’d like to join, just hit the link and make a request. I’ll be happy to approve it and welcome you aboard.

Right now we’re just getting started, but we’re growing quickly and I hope to use the group for lots of great things in the future — pitch jams, peer editorial feedback, resource sharing, Qs, and other helpful things. For example, we just started compiling a document of paying gig leads for smaller/medium size sites that are open to new writers!

The rules are simple: be friendly, be cool, participate in whatever way you feel comfortable, learn, and have fun!

 

Pay What You Want for Freelance Writing Hacks Audiobook + PDF Bundle!

 

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Grab the PDF + Audiobook bundle via Gumroad for ANY price (yes, even for $0 if you choose)

Hey, awesome humans of the Internet! I’m running a special today! You can instantly download a PDF and Audiobook bundle of my third Game Journo Guides Series book - Freelance Writing Hacks: 55 Tips For Word Mercenary Success for ANY price you want!

Here’s the quick skinny!

This bundle is normally priced at $4.99, which is way cheap considering the crazy time and energy I poured into writing the book, narrating it personally, and then editing the audio into a lovely sounding audiobook. (If you dig our podcast, you’ll love the audiobook, BTW!)

You can get the whole shebang today simply by naming your price. I’ve set a suggested dollar amount of a few bucks, but you can pay over or under that amount by simply typing whatever amount you want. If you type in zero dollars, you’ll pay zero dollars. That’s how it works.

I’m offering this for a limited time as a trial run. You can check it out here on Gumroad!

The Freelance Game Podcast Ep 7 – Interview with Francesca Reyes (OXM)

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The world of gaming print magazines continues to change at a rapid pace, which is why we’re psyched to have former Official Xbox Magazine Editor in Chief Francesca Reyes as our special guest on The Freelance Game podcast this week. Fran drops some knowledge on developing good freelancer-editor relationships and digs into a wide range of print-related topics in this lengthy and informative episode! Also: apologies for the sporadic audio blips during the Interview. Skype was being a bit naughty, but don’t let that stop you from listening and soaking up all the great info!

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The Freelance Game Podcast Ep 6 — Hitting The Panic Button!

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We’ve all had moments of panic in our freelance careers. Those terrifying days you wake up and suddenly discover that half of your steady workload has evaporated in a split second. Or maybe a major outlet you write for is shutting down. Or an important freelance budget is being cut. Or a killer editor you love working with has just been laid off. Or all of the above! In this episode, we talk about some of the setbacks we’ve faced as freelancers — both in the distant and more recent past — and how to avoid and overcome them!

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The Freelance Game Podcast Ep 5 — Interview with Joystiq’s Susan Arendt

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Hey, we’re getting the hang of this! We’re psyched to see the podcast is getting great positive reviews and continues to grow. This episode features the awesome insights and upbeat vibe of Joystiq’s managing editor Susan Arendt, our second special guest interviewee! As you’ll soon hear for yourself, she’s full of great stories and super valuable insights into the realm of freelancer-editor relationships. We also spend time talking about TakeThis.org.

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New eBook + Audio Book Launching Soon!

FREELANCEWRITINGHACKSweb*Tap* *Tap* *Tap* Hello, testing, is this thing on? Right. Greetings Internet humans! I’ll be once again populating this blog with actual helpful blog posts soon, but in the meantime I figured I’d drop a quick update to give you a heads up on my new book Freelance Writing Hacks: 55 Tips For Word Mercenary Success that’s launching on May 1st! Having lots of different book projects in the pipeline gives me the opportunity try out cool new experiments with each launch, so I’ve got something interesting planned this time around! If you’re a past reader of my work, I’ll be very much looking for your support and your feedback with this coming launch and future projects!

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The Freelance Game Podcast Ep 4 — Building Momentum as a Freelancer

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After taking a few weeks off to launch the podcast, it’s exciting to dive back in and officially start our biweekly schedule with Episode 4 of The Freelance Game podcast! The grab-bag fun of the intro catch-up and listener question segments continues to evolve as we dig deeper into the personal  ebb and flow of our own freelance lives. For our main topic, we talk about building momentum as a freelancer and how you can turn your initial successes into a solid career.

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No Fooling: my book UUDDLW is on sale for $2.99 today!

UUDDLWKINDLEFINALsmallforwebRather than pull off some elaborate April Fools stunt, I figured you might appreciate something less fooly-fooly… like a crazy ebook SALE! For a limited time, the Game Journo Guides Series‘ flagship book, Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide To Video Game Journalism is on sale for the stupid low price of $2.99! (Reg price $8.99) With over 230 pages of super in-depth advice for navigating the ins and outs of freelancing in the video game industry, this book is a great addition to your word-slinging arsenal. Grab it while you can for this low-low price! Sale ends tomorrow.

My New Podcast “The Freelance Game” is Live!

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So a crazy thing happened yesterday evening. I launched a podcast! More specifically, a podcast about freelance writing, video game journalism, and making a living writing about geeky things. It’s called The Freelance Game, and I can’t wait for you to hear it! We can’t wait, actually. I’m co-hosting the show with long-time freelance comrade, Mac|Life editor, and Game Journo Guides book editor Andrew Hayward. We’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes for the past few months to get the first three episodes together to prep for launch, and we’re excited to announced that it’s all finally out!

Now that we’re live, you can listen to all three episodes right away by subscribing on iTunes or streaming episodes directly from our website! You can also find detailed show notes for each episode on the website, and a lengthy post explaining what the show is all about and why we’re doing it here.

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Guest Post: Why I Wrote A Book on Fandom Journalism

otakujournalistI know guest posts are a bit of a rarity on this site, but I wanted to take a quick moment to let you know about my colleague Lauren Orsini’s new book, Otaku Journalism, that just launched today on Kindle! Lauren is a skilled writer and her enthusiasm for reporting on geeky topics is absolutely infectious. I’m already a few chapters into reading her new book and love it, so I highly recommend you grab a copy today! Here’s a post from Lauren talking a bit more about the project:

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