When we last spoke with Nathan Meunier, freelance writer and video game journalist extraordinaire, he had just published the first entry in what was to become a series of guidebooks for hopefuls looking to follow in his inky footsteps. That book, Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism, covered a plethora of topics that are bound to hound the would-be journalist, including composing pitches, covering gaming conventions, and even getting your pajama-clad daily routine in order.
His next entry in the series, Interview Fu: The Game Journo Guide to Conducting Killer Interviews, explores one of UUDDLW’s many topics in greater depth and is already available for purchase in print or Kindle formats. We soaked up all of the knowledge present in this new guidebook and used it to pry even more wisdom from the mind of 10-year writing veteran Meunier.
While interviewing is covered at a high level in UUDDLW, Interview Fu provides a hyper-focused expansion of the topic that was previously confined to a single chapter. Meunier also expanded the section on pitches into a longer, specialized PDF titled “12 Ways to Improve Your Pitches” after readers responded with overwhelming positivity to its coverage in UUDDLW. “Interview Fu wasn't driven as much by reader response as it was by my own desire to fill an inadvertent void in UUDDLW,” Meunier told Gamezebo. “It’s one of several areas that I didn't get into very deeply in the first book, in-part because it's a big enough topic to merit an entire separate book. It's also a subject that's near and dear to me, as readers of the book will discover.” Read more »