Everything you always wanted to know about freelance videogame journalism (but were afraid to ask) will be laid bare next month in Up Up Down Down Left Write: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of the non-pantsed elite of game journalism freelancers? Your opportunity to peek behind the curtain will soon be here thanks to Up Up Down Down Left Write: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism, a new book by rich-and-famous freelancer, former Escapist newsie and all-around solid dude Nathan Meunier.
Meunier's guide covers everything you need to get started along the path to launching and maintaining a successful freelance career in the gaming industry, from the important basics like pitching ideas and networking with other writers and editors to the finer points of getting free stuff from PR people, remembering to put on pants when you go "outside" and how to copy/paste from press releases like I just did.
To be a bit more serious about it, Up Up Down Down Left Write etc. should be pretty good stuff for anyone thinking about leaping into the biz. Meunier's written for a lot of good magazines and sites over the years, including Nintendo Power, GamePro, OXM, IGN, EGM and of course The Escapist, and will turn those years of experience into detailed insights and tips delivered in easy-going, accessible prose. (I get an extra 20 for saying that, right Nathan?)
Up Up Down Down Left Write: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism goes on sale on August 5 in both Kindle and print editions. In the meantime, you can find out more about what's in store at freelancegamejournoguide.com.