Be your own boss. Wake up whenever you wish. Play video games and get paid doing it, all in a “Pants Optional” environment. Such is the life of a successful freelance games journalist like Nathan Meunier, our very special guest on this week’s episode of the podcast. Prepare for his greatest tips, tricks, and secrets to unfold in the upcoming Up Up Down Down Left Write, Nathan’s Kickstarted book on freelancing in the video game industry which launches on August 5th. For now, though, we had the wonderful opportunity to pick his brilliant brain for an hour and a half, extracting excellent writing advice to give you the best shot at standing out. If you are at all interested in even the idea of writing about video games for a living, you need to listen up and get with The Game Plan.

Feeling humble in the shadow of Nathan’s unparalleled drive? We know the feeling. Luckily, you can subscribe to future episodes of The Game Plan – or catch up on past ones – on iTunes to hear what the usual GA crew is like when not in the presence of a freelancing supergiant.

If an entire book won’t be enough for you, feel free to reach out to Nathan with his “Ask The Freelance Dude” feature, a section of his blog dedicated to addressing your most pressing questions and concerns about video game freelancing.

As is obvious from this episode, Nathan is a saint and produced what may be the most priceless read for any hopeful video game writers out there. Pocket this link and return to it on August 5th for purchasing instructions tied to Up Up Down Down Left Write: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism.

*breath* Time for the follows!

Nathan Meunier, Video Game Freelancer Extraordinaire – @nmeunier

Updates for Up Up Down Down Left Write, your freelancing Bible – @GameJournoGuide

Nick Cane, Batcave Enthusiast – @OldLeafNick

Luke Frazier, forever in awe – @LukeAFrazier