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!
This week I’m kicking off a MEGA SALE on the Kindle Edition of my recent book Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism. For a super limited time, you can grab the Kindle version for a whopping 70% (ish) off! This sale only last until the end of the week, after which the price returns to its usual $8.99 point. Get your digital copy now while it’s hot and cheap, and benefit from the massive amount of info packed into this bad boy!
Here’s what critics are saying:
Official Xbox Magazine:
“A solid top-level view of the industry [that] gives crucial insight into what it takes to be a freelancer…[the book] covers a good selection of topics, from surviving tough income tax rates to dealing with public relations folks; it also doles out advice on crafting and delivering a good pitch, making the entirety essential reading.”
“An earnest look into the geek-glamorous lifestyle of the paid videogames publication word-spewer, and
how to sneak in uninvited. This book is as useful as it is just outright brutal, and that’s what makes it a page-turner.”
“A frank and to-the-point assessment of most of the situations that one would encounter in the world of freelance games journalism coupled together with a never-ending supply of encouragement and humor. Meunier clearly wants his readers to succeed, and he does everything in his power to help them out.”
“If you can discipline yourself to work from home, create a dedicated home office space, prioritize and organize your time and actually dedicate yourself to writing as a freelance journalist – you need to buy this book. It has so much more than the basic outlines of advice you’ll find online that are mostly vague. No, this book is all about details.”
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“When you wind up on a well-rounded team that works together cohesively and uses each class’s abilities intelligently, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online’s brutal multiplayer firefights are among the most satisfying you’ll find in a free-to-play game. Matches don’t always click though, and since the fun in each encounter hinges on how well your team works together, getting stuck with a bunch of meathead bullet sponges can spoil your killing groove. However, a great cover system, balanced class perks, and some cool high-tech gadgets make the moments where it all comes together feel immensely satisfying.”
Check out my full written review, and the cool video review featuring the sultry voice of editor Kevin VanOrd, here at GameSpot.
“On its own, the ever-evolving world of Minecraft is already a wondrous place capable of consuming vast quantities of your attention with voracious abandon. But as anticipation builds leading up to the hotly-anticipated Adventure Update and the game’s official release, it’s tough to remain content with the limited scope found in the current Beta’s gameplay. Thankfully, Minecraft’s thriving fan community has taken things into their own hands, concocting an insane array of mods that change the game in mind-blowing ways. Riding a time-traveling pig to dino land, battling armed warriors, annihilating the blocky landscape in a Sherman tank, and taming a menagerie of beasts are just a few of the wild adventures awaiting you in this selection of killer Minecraft mods.”
Check out the full article here at GameSpy.