Ep. 32 – Finding Fresh Freelance Writing Work

caspodcastnarwhalIn this info and tip-packed episode, we talk about how to find new freelance gigs, where to get more work, how to approach prospective gigs, and the value of thoughtful networking. Lots of great tips and useful resources!

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Show Notes

In a rush to get this live today, so I’m going to break it down real quick by links:

  1. This Book Is A Dungeon – Steam Greenlight support! Nathan could use your Yes votes!
  2. Russ Pitts’ Kickstarter – Bring The Human Stories of Video Games to Life. SUPPORT THIS AWESOME PROJECT
  3. Super Jump Radio – Cassidee’s new geek/games/awesome podcast. Check it!
  4. EMAIL USE YOUR Qs about Freelancing/Mental Health! thefreelancegame@gmail.com
  5. MEDIA BISTRO – Avant Guild Membership / How To Pitch access
  6. http://www.freelancewriting.com

Referenced Links!

-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon (We have several exclusive supporter-only “Minisodes” up now!)

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

EP. 31 – WRITING NEWS AND FREELANCE JOURNALISM TIPS W/ ZACK STEIN

zacksteinWe chat with former IGN news lead and long-time broadcast journalist and freelancer Zack Stein about all things related to news and shortform writing. In this interview, he shares tips for writing great news posts, talks about his experience in broadcast journalism, and drops some knowledge on the state of the news writing realm. Lots of interesting stories and tips!

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Show Notes

In this episode’s intro update…

Cassidee moved across country to CA, which is a lot of craziness. She talks about a few things she’s working on and prepping for that big change.

Nathan launched another crazy thing. Yes, again. This time it’s a demonic horror game (PC) being sold within a 40,000 word Kindle book that’s a dev diary about the three months he spent pulling this thing together from the dark nether. Or something. No one is buying it but the people who pre-ordered it seem to be really digging it. Check it it out here!

Guest Interview: Zack Stein

Zack has been in the news writing game — both as a freelancer and as an editor and lead — for a LONG time. He’s spearheaded news content for IGN in the games industry, covered breaking hard news events as a radio news director and editor for NBC News Radio in DC (and for numerous other broadcast outlets), and even worked in the trenches in print newspaper roles. He’s seen it all, and in this in-depth interview, he shares a lot of interesting anecdotes and some really useful tips on how to tackle news writing as freelancer.

Referenced Links!

-Follow Zack Stein on Twitter.
-Nathan’s new book and messed up horror game www.thisbookisadungeon.com
-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon (We have several exclusive supporter-only “Minisodes” up now!)

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

Patreon Exclusive Mini-sode #1: Freelance Horror Stories and How We Survived Them

patreonthingyHave you considering backing The Freelance Game on Patreon? For as little as $1 per core episode, you can help support the show as we push onward while trying to cut down on our ongoing out of pocket expenses.

We’ve got something new and special just for Patreon supporters!

We’ll be doing sporadic “Mini-sodes,” once or twice a month where we talk frankly about different aspects of freelancing, ranging from insider tips and workshops to horror stories and other personal experience tales.

These special goodies will ONLY be available (at no additional charge) to current and future Patreon supporters! In the months to come, we’ll be building a backlog of these cool special episodes, which you’ll be access on the Patreon content page if you’re a subscriber.

This is our way of giving back more to our hardcore supporters, while also offering what we hope is interesting, useful, and entertaining special content to encourage more listeners to help pitch in!

So anyway, please consider checking out the Patreon and throwing in a few bucks a month if you want to get access to these special goodies. Our first one is:

Mini-sode #1 Freelance Horror Stories and How We Survived Them

Where we talk about a handful of freelance horror stories from our own careers and how we dealt with them. Plus we throw in a wacky aside about weird regional accents. Good times!

Ep. 30 – Recapisode #1 – Great Tips and Interview Moments from The Vault

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This month got super crazy, so Cassiddee was kind enough to put together a great hour’s worth of short tip-filled vignettes from interviews with IGN’s Mitch Dyer, GamesRadar’s Susan Arendt, our good old freelance pal Mr. Andrew Hayward, and more! We’ll be back next ep with new guests and more great content! Also, if you’re a Patreon supporter of the show,  stay tuned for our first backer exclusive episode “Freelance Horror Stories” coming to your inbox soon!

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Show Notes

N/A – We’ll be back with new guests and more next episode!

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

Ep. 29 – Rural Freelancing, Cowboy Poetry, and Breaking The Rules w/ Leif Johnson

leifWild tangents and interesting tidbits abound in this fascinating interview with long-time freelancer Leif Johnson, who has slung words for everywhere from GameSpot, IGN, and OXM to Playboy, GameTrailers,and…yes, even American Cowboy. We chat with Leif about the challenges of freelancing in a very remote locale, talk shop about swords and his unique background in cowboy poetry, and also delve into his unusual low-tech writing process! Good times!

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Show Notes

In this episode’s intro update…

Cassidee delivers a quick update on how her recent shift to full-time freelancing is going.

Nathan talks about launching his new freelance writing advice book, The Niche Freelancer, which is out NOW on Kindle for only $2.99. He needs your support to help make this launch a success and determine whether focusing on future freelance-centric guides is a good use of his limited free writing time!

Guest Interview: Leif Johnson

Did you know that Leif writes out his game reviews by hand with a pen-and-paper? Awesome! He’s also the only freelancer we’ve known to wield a true legit SWORD in his about page profile pic. So that’s super badass. In this fun interview we talk about all of that, tips for freelancers, the challenges of working remotely, and Leif’s stint as a popular cowboy poet in the 90s! So many neat things in an info-packed hour! Enjoy!

By the way, here’s Leif’s pinterest page on writing things out by hand, which we referenced in the interview. Check it out! Super cool technique!

Referenced Links!

-Leif Johnson on Twitter, the web, and LinkedIn.
-Nathan’s new freelance book, The Niche Freelancer!
-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. 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
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

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 the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
-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@