Ep. 28 – Self-Publishing SHOOTER w/ Reid McCarter and Patrick Lindsey

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You might have heard there’s a cool new book out called SHOOTER, that’s an anthology of critical essays on first-person shooters. We’re reading it. It’s awesome! In this episode we chat with Patrick Lindsey and Reid McCarter, the two freelance co-conspirators behind this self-publishing project to get the behind-the-scenes goods on how this came about. We also talk about the idea of taking long-form freelance writing and self-publishing it in short book-length work. Lots of neat stuff in this interview, whether you’re into games, freelancing, self-publishing or all three!

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Show Notes

In this episode’s intro update…

Cassidee talks about submitting a piece to Killscreen about a Mexican game studio’s work on a game about an endangered Native American tribe in Mexico. Good stuff.

Nathan talks about being an entrepreneurial freelancer, and drops updates on some freelance related book project he has in the pipeline.

1) A new FREE resource, 23 Ways To Improve Your Freelance Pitches, which packs lots of pitch crafting tips into a free 40 page PDF. Grab it here!

2) Nathan’s new freelance book, The Niche Freelancer, is launching very soon!

We also chat about plans for bonus content through the show’s Patreon.

Guest Interview: Reid McCarter and Patrick Lindsey

Aside from being freelancers, Reid and Patrick are the co-conspirators behind www.shooterbook.com, which is an awesome collection of critical essays on first-person shooters from 15 different writers across the games industry. It’s  a great read, packed with diverse perspectives from a lot of cool folks.

In this lengthy interview, we chat with Patrick and Reid about the new book, how it all came about, and their self-publishing adventure. We also chat about freelancing, turning freelance writing into short ebook form, self-publishing, the creative process, and much more!

Don’t forget to check out the book!

Referenced Links!

Shooter book! Buy it for only $5
Reid McCarter on Twitter. Patrick Lindsey on Twitter. DO IT!
-Nathan’s new book/game crazy thing: This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book] 
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
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Ep. 27 – Freelance Projects, Patreon, Video, and Podcasting with Laura Kate

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It’s been a while, due to our recent co-host changing of the guard, but in this episode we’ve finally got a new special guest! Aside from being an awesome person, Laura Kate is many things: a freelance writer, the UK editor at Destructoid, an avid podcaster, and a creative powerhouse. We chat with her about her journey and the excellent gains she’s made with her writing career as well as how she’s used Patreon, podcasting, and other creative projects to expand her writing life in some fascinating directions. Buckle up!

As an aside, we’re exploring the idea of doing a special guest of some sort EVERY episode. This is part of our plan to grow the show and expand its scope this year. Expect a broader variety of guests, too, as we have folks on to talk about other types of writing gigs and careers that might be of interest to our audience. We’re also considering adding some patron-only exclusive content for folks who support the show via Patreon, so stay tuned as we figure out what that’ll look like.

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Show Notes

Cassidee’s IGN feature interview with Pac-Man creator Professor Toru Iwatani is live, so you should give that a read! Nathan’s weird Twine horror game/ book/ thingy/ experiment is available for pre-order, and it’s coming along.

We’ve been trying out a new segment, very loosely titled “Whatchoo Been Readin?,” where we each briefly talk about something we’ve been reading lately that’s interesting, useful, or a great example killer writing. Let us know if you dig it. This week we talk about the new critical essay book, Shooter, and indie comics.

Guest Interview: Laura Kate

Laura Kate is currently the UK editor at Destructoid, the co-host of several podcasts, including the Jimquisition podcast with Jim Sterling, and has done freelance work for numerous publications like Polygon, Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku UK, and The Guardian.

It’s been awesome to see the excellent gains she’s been making in her writing career since making the leap to writing full-time recently.One very interesting point: she does that through a mix of freelancing, a part-time editing gig, and paid creative projects through her patreon.

We about her journey and the many unique facets for our writing world in this great interview!

Referenced Links!

-Laura Kate on Patreon, YouTube, and Twitter!
-Nathan’s new book/game crazy thing: This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book] 
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

Ep. 26 – How To Improve Your Writing With A Few Simple Tweaks

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Looking to build confidence in your own work and improve your writing ability? Then this is the episode for you! Between coffee and cat-fueled shenanigans, we dish out a bevy of simple, effective tweaks you can make to instantly improve your writing.

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Show Notes

Cassidee had a crazy week, which included face-to-face interview time with the creator of Pac-Man! Nathan launched a weird game inside a Kindle book inside a crazy self-publishing experiment. It’s all CRAY UP IN HERE! And that’s how we like it.

The slightly wackier, highly caffeinated word-slinging shenanigans continue this week, but this episode is also front loaded with a ton of great tips for improving your writing, without annihilating your sanity in the process. Simple. Effective. Easy! Boom!

We talk about common cliches and how to write around them, stupid words that you should KILL WITH FIRE, tips for writing better leads, and how to make your articles even more rock-n-rollsauce!

Speaking of which, I think at one point we even mention structuring your articles like a pop song? That’s a thing that happened.

Here’s an OMEGA LIST OF CLICHES to avoid in your writing. 681 to be exact!

And…here’s a great list of USELESS WORDS TO DESTROY FROM YOUR WRITING FOREVER!!!!!! MWUHAHAHA

Also, I realize I should probably update the site with Cassidee’s info! #soon #catlaserspewpew

Referenced Links!

-Nathan’s new book/game crazy thing: This Book Is A Dungeon [This Dungeon Is A Book] 
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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– Follow the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

Ep. 25 – Too Much Freelancing? + Big Announcement!

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What happens when your freelancing world becomes *TOO* jam-packed? We talk about this and much more in this very special episode, featuring some big news and a surprise guest!

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Show Notes

It’s a secret!

Referenced Links!

-Nathan’s new books – Indie Author Success Series
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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Ep. 24 – Making the Jump To Full-Time Freelancing w/ Cassidee Moser

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Special guest and surprise co-host Cassidee Moser returns to talk about her recent transition from part-time freelancing to full-time freelancing! We had a great chat full of interesting perspective (and entertaining tangents) in this lengthy interview episode that digs into quitting your job, making the leap to full-time, and more!

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Show Notes

Andrew was tied up with work this episode, so we decided to call in the big guns to “bring the pain!” Cassidee updates us on what she’s been up to work-wise, aside from going FT with her freelancing, and also chats about her first foray into playing D&D (which Nathan takes as an opportunity to super nerd out on for a few minutes).

Nathan has been with freelancing, game dev, and publishing projects as usual, though in this update he talks more about setting long term goals and figuring out what comes next as he expands his creative and writing worlds.

Interview w/ Cassidee Moser

Cassidee digs into her recent decision to quit her job and pursue freelancing full-time. We talk about what led her to that point, where things are at now, tips for others in her similar position, and what the future holds. Beyond that, we also touch on the importance of establishing a routine, freelance mental and physical health, not shooting yourself in the foot on social media, and more!

Referenced Links!

-Hire Cassidee Moser here! Or you can also find her on Twitter.
-Nathan’s new books – Indie Author Success Series
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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– Send in your reader questions: thefreelancegame@

Ep. 23 – Turning Your Freelance Hobby Into A Full-Time Writing Career

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In this laid back but informative episode, Andrew and Nathan talk shop about going full-time as a freelancer. What should you know going into it? Is full-time freelancing right for you? How do you prepare for taking the big leap? This episode covers all of this and more!

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Show Notes

Andrew admits his recent experiments in coffee drinking have given him a great boost, which is good considering he’s crazy busy with word-slinging lately (or always, really)! Nathan talks a bit about his newly rebuilt freelance world while juggling other things like new books, gaming projects, and general insanity.

Once things finally get on track and kick into gear, the episode covers a lot of ground for part-time freelancers who are considering — or are right in the middle off — taking their part-time passion for freelance writing and turning it into a FT career. We talk about our own experiences as well as some important things you should consider AND some tips for anyone thinking about taking the big plunge.

Referenced Links!

-Nathan’s new books – Indie Author Success Series
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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– Send in your reader questions: thefreelancegame@

Ep. 22 – Freelance Column Writing with Rob Rath

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We’ve had people asking us about doing a freelance column writing episode, so here you go! Rather than just info-dump straight from our own brains and experiences in the column-slinging world, we’re excited to bring in our colleague Rob Rath, who has written his fascinating Critical Intel column for several years now. In this episode, we pick Rob’s brain on all things column-related and share some of our own thoughts on the subject too.

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Show Notes

Andrew is getting over being sick and Nathan is digging out from a real busy few months of word-slinging. Woo! Short show notes for the win!

In this lengthy interview-episode, we chat with special guest Rob Rath about the ins and outs of pitching and writing columns as a freelancer. We talk about generating steady ideas, approaching outlets with your column pitches, troubleshooting the things that can come up when doing columns, and much more!

Referenced Links!

-You can find out guest Rob Rath on Twitter here or at his site Rob Writes Pulp
-Nathan’s new books – Indie Author Success Series
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon

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– Send in your reader questions: thefreelancegame@gmail.com
Intro Music: Chasing Satellites by Nathan Meunier

Ep. 21 – Season 2 Premiere: Pivoting Your Freelance Focus and Tackling Big Changes

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We’re back! A lot has changed — both in the industry and with our own freelance worlds — since the Season 1 finale! We’re re-charged and excited to dive back in with this debut episode of Season 2! In this feel-good homecoming we talk about how our freelancing focuses have shifted, how the industry has changed in recent months, what we’ve been up to since Season 1, and how we’re hoping to expand the show this year! We also roll out our handy-dandy little Patreon, as a means to hopefully help cover some of our ongoing costs of keeping the show running!

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Show Notes

Who are these freelance guys again? – We offer a quick-n-dirty re-introduction on who we are and why you should listen to anything we have to say on the subject of freelancing! Y’know, in case you’re new to the show or have amnesia.

A trip down memory lane – Where were we at in our careers when we started this newfangled show a year ago?

What the hell is going on in the games industry? – Joystiq closed, some sites went to hell, new gigs have popped up, and more! We offer some info and commentary on how the games freelancing world has changed since we wrapped up Season 1.

What have we been up to lately? – We catch up on what’s been keeping us busy both project-wise and freelance wise in recent months.

Season 2 and our PATREON!

Given that we’ve both expanded in some interesting directions beyond simply games-focused freelancing, we’re hoping to also broaden the focus of topics we cover in Season 2. We’ll still talk a lot about freelancing about games, tech, and geeky stuff, but we also hope to dig into different kinds of freelancing gigs and get to some of the topics we didn’t squeeze in last season.

We also have a new PATREON! It takes a lot of time, and costs a chunk of change, to keep this thing running. If you’ve enjoyed the show and want to help support its continued operation, we’d love it if you’d consider pledging $1 (or more if you’re feeling generous) per (new) episode via our Patreon to help us cover some of our ongoing expenses. It’s basically an ongoing tip jar. We very much appreciate your support, whether you decide to contribute or not!

Referenced Links!

-Nathan’s new books – Indie Author Success Series
Our Patreon

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– Follow the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
– Send in your reader questions: thefreelancegame@gmail.com
Intro Music: Chasing Satellites by Nathan Meunier

Season Two launches tomorrow + our new PATREON!

Prepare your earholes! We’re back! Season Two of the podcast launches TOMORROW with a new episode! We’ll be back to a steady twice-a-month schedule, and we’re expanding the scope of the show a bit! Also:

With the launch of Season Two, we’re kicking off a Patreon to help cover our hosting costs and other ongoing expenses to keep the show rolling. You won’t find any fancy bells, whistles, or special bonus doodads just yet — we’re treating this more like an ongoing tip jar as a way for regular listeners to pitch in and “buy us a cup of coffee” each episodes to support the show and cut down on our expenses.

If you want to pledge $1 or more per episode (twice a month max), we’d love your support! We’ll also be incorporating patrons into the show in some way, shape, or form in the near future.

The show will remain free for all to enjoy, but we definitely appreciate your support if you feel like contributing!

BONUS EPISODE! – FREE Kindle book and Self-Publishing Chat

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BONUS EPISODE! Listen now and grab a FREE copy of Nathan’s new self-publishing manifesto/how-to guide, Write Short Kindle Books! It’s only free for a few days this week, so score it while you can. Also, in this short but info-packed solo episode, Nathan talks in depth about the awesomeness of self-publishing, his plans for helping other writers take the plunge into authorship in 2015, and the intersection between short Kindle books and the future of video game journalism!

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Show Notes + Links

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You can grab a FREE copy of Nathan’s new book on Kindle through Thurs Jan. 15th!,

Other Links mentioned:

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