About nmeunier

Freelance Writer / Game Journalist specializing in geek and gaming culture.

This Book Is A Dungeon is Out On Steam! A Perfect Let’s Play Horror Pick For Halloween


In case you missed it, my freaky horror dungeon crawler interactive fiction game, This Book Is A Dungeon, launched on Steam on Friday! (It’s still 33% off this week). It’s been a whirlwind few days ever since! Sales have been good so far, and I’m really pleased that people seem to be enjoying the game! Player reviews have been positive and very encouraging!

If you haven’t picked the game up yet, I’d love your support! It’s only $4.01 right now! Also, if you’re enjoying the game, don’t forget to leave a Steam review! :)

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What A Crazy Week of Launches and Projects


I’m still trying to catch my breath here. Whew. So, yesterday I completed the final day of Gumroad’s Small Product Lab challenge, which was an amazing experience! I basically battle planned, created, and launched a product in only 10 days. I’ll talk more about the overall experience of that in a future blog post, but I’ve got some other craziness to attend to today!

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My New Online Course “Expertise To Income” is LIVE!

Missed your chance to pre-order? The NEXT 25 people who buy the course using this link will still get the $10 off discount. After that, the course goes back to full launch price.

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So what is this thing? It’s an online course that walks you through the entire step-by-step process of planning, testing, building, and selling your OWN online course. It focuses on helping you identify skills and areas of expertise you have, then turning that into short, high-quality courses you can sell — without having to do those awkward talking head videos.

What’s in Version 1.0 at launch?

This course was built in 10 days as part of Gumroad’s amazing Small Product Lab challenge, and it’s been an intense week of hard work to get this together. I still have more I plan to add to the course, but the idea was to create the best product possible in that short timeframe, launch it, then continue to add to it. So if you buy the course, you’ll get:

  • 25 high quality video lessons
  • 2+ hours of content
  • A 17,000+ word PDF guide

In the coming days, I’ll also be adding an extensive section of additional videos focusing on marketing, launching, and selling your course. That module is still in the works, but the content I have in place is really detailed and ready to rock!

The PDF guide that’s included at launch was created from my script for the courses. It reads like an ebook, but it isn’t quite formatted and all prettied up 100% yet. I’ll be making that nicer looking and expanding it when I incorporate the final module.

Why should I buy this now?

The price of this course is going to go up as I add more content. Discount aside, the $24.99 launch price is only temporary. With over 2 hours of video content, this is a steal. But I plan to add a lot more to the course in the weeks and months to come. As that happens, I’ll be increasing the price more to where it should be for the length and value of content.

So if you act now, you’ll save a lot of money, and you’ll get access to all future updates for free!

What lessons are covered so far in version 1.0?

Section I: Tap Into Your Expertise

Lesson 1 – Generating short online course ideas that sell
Action Step: Brainstorm a big list of ideas
Lesson 2 – Testing your ideas and gauging your audience
Action Step: Gather research and get feedback
Lesson 3 – Finding your unique angle
Action Step: Pick a title and narrow your focus
Lesson 4 – Deciding on your course’s format
Action Step: Pick your content types and approach
Lesson 5 – Outlining Your Course
Action Step: Go ahead and outline your course

Section II: Build Your Course

Lesson 1 – The course creation workflow
Lesson 2 – Creating scripts for each short lesson
Action Step: Starting writing your scripts
Lesson 3 – Quality recording hardware on a tight budget
Lesson 4 – Free software for audio, video, and image creation
Lesson 5 – Recording your lesson audio
Lesson 6 – 6 Tips for getting a great audio recording
Action Step: Record audio for your first lesson
Lesson 7 – Editing your audio
Action Step: Edit your first lesson audio
Lesson 8 – Creating visual slides for your videos
Action Step: Create slides for your first lesson
Lesson 9 – Recording video of your PowerPoint slides
Lesson 10 – Editing it all together into video (two ways)
Action Step: Create your first lesson video

Section III: Promote, Launch, and Sell Your Course

Coming soon

Here’s a sample video of the first lesson!

Pre-order My “Expertise to Income” Course and Get $10 Off Today!

For the past week, I’ve been working CRAZY hard to build out my new online course, Expertise To Income: Sell Your Skills With A Short Online Course, as part of Gumroad’s 10-day Small Product Lab challenge! In the past week, I’ve:

  • Written over 17,000 words (in 3 days, primarily)
  • Recorded and edited over 2 hours of high quality audio lectures
  • Created a ton of videos from those lectures (above is a sample vid of one of the lessons)

Version 1.0 of the course will launch in a few day with over 25 video lessons, a PDF guide, and more than 2 hours of content! I plan to improve, expand, and update the course post-launch, but I’ll also be substantially raising the price once I do that.

Side note: this course was creating using the exact formula and step-by-step systems I outline in the course itself! Cool? Cool!

So here’s your chance to get it at a KILLER DISCOUNT before the price increases. You’ll also get all future updates to the course, too.

Pre-order the course TODAY before it launches and get a $10 discount! You can do that (and learn more about the course) right here!

Post-launch, I’ll also be creating an affiliate program for the course, where students who’ve enjoyed it can sign-up to promote the course and earn money from every sale! Stay tuned for more details on that. It’ll be a great opportunity for students to promote their own projects/work and earn some extra income by plugging the course, too!


Writing Over 17,000+ Words in 3 Days @Gumroad’s #SPLDay3 Diary

smalllabParticipating in the latest round of Gumroad’s Small Product Lab challenge has been a really exciting and empower experience so far! I’m no stranger to experimentation and creating neat things, but having a tight deadline and daily accountability has REALLY pushed me to keep charging forward. It’s awesome!

I’m about to start working on Day 4 of 10, and I feel like I’ve been able to smash a lot of personal goals and accomplish a lot in a very short time!

By the way, if you want a limited time $10 off pre-launch coupon for my course, read on down to the bottom of this post for the link!

My previous SPL diary progress posts on Day 1 and Day 2 explain more about the challenge and how I’ve been doing so far. My big accomplishment this week? In three days, I’ve been able to write over 17,000 words! Let’s unpack that a bit.

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Gaining Momentum with a 5,600+ Word Writing Day @Gumroad’s #SPLDay2 Diary

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On Monday, I started Gumroad’s Small Product Lab challenge, and had a prolific 4,000+ word writing day that I blogged about here. That was exciting, exhausting, and a lot of work. Or so I thought at the time. Yesterday was Day 2, and I somehow managed to hit an additional 5,600+ words for what will become the ebook and script portion of a short online course I’m building and launching (in a 10 day timeframe). Whew.

The crazy thing is I’m a little behind schedule, even after bashing out a hair over 10,000 words in just two days.

Today is Day 3 of the challenge, and my goal is to finish the book and script by later today (or early tomorrow), and give it an edit before I start recording each section as a PowerPoint-style video lesson.

The product I’m creating is called “Expertise to Income: How To Sell Your Skills With A Short Online Course,” and I’m actually using the entire system I’ve outlined inside the book/course to create the course itself. Pretty awesome! You’ll be able to use this course to create and sell your own mini courses to sell your expertise, skills, and killer content. Or to turn your portions of your existing books into an online course, if you’re an author.

Before I packed it in last night, I managed to rough together a quick bit of logo art (above) for my product page. It’s not final, but I like where it’s headed. What do you think?

Anyhow, I’m off to dive into Day 3’s writing binge! Wish me luck. And if you’d like to get a sweet discount coupon for the course when it launches next week (plus discounts on all my future courses), go ahead and sign up here!

Turbo Writing 4,000 Words in One Day – Gumroad’s #SPLDay1 Diary

day1splI wrote 4,000+ words yesterday in about 7 hours. It was crazy, but it felt good to make a lot of progress on this thing I’m creating in just over a week. No, I’m not crazy. Maybe. (Probably). Let me explain:

Yesterday was Day 1 of Gumroad’s awesome Small Product Lab challenge, which is a very cool creative mix of “course” and “competition” where participants design, create, and launch a small product in only 10 DAYS! The idea is to get over the stumbling blocks that trip a lot of folks up and just finish a small product that you can sell. It’s an awesome concept, and I’m one of many creative folks rocking out wild and creative projects this week.

Though I’ve already created a lot of Kindle books, sold almost $1,000 worth of assorted projects on Gumroad, designed a few games, and am hard at work on several Udemy courses, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for this exciting challenge. I’m about to dive into my work for Day 2, and I’ll plan to blog my progress as I go every few days.

What am I creating? A mini-course (PDF and video) on how to create mini-courses! It’s called: Expertise to Income: Sell Your Skills With A Short Online Course

Would you like to receive a MEGA discount coupon for this cool course when it launches? Sign-up for my Online Courses for Creatives list, and I’ll fire off a promo code when it goes live. I’ll also very occasionally let you know when I have new courses coming out and offer discounts and freebies, so that’s a thing! Moving on:

Here are a few notes on what made my first day of the challenge so successful:

Writing 4,000 words on #SPLDay1

Going into day one, I already had a loose sense of what I wanted to tackle for the project. I’d been toying with the idea of doing a short info product or mini-course explaining how to create short videos and…build a short mini-course. Very meta!

As I’ve been working on building out my upcoming Podcasting for Authors and Writers Udemy course over the past year, I’ve come up with a simple, effective, and affordable system for creating great video content, audio content, and written scripts all as part of the same process.

I wanted to show others just how easy it is to hone in on a sellable skill they have, and teach others how to do it (while making money) by creating great videos and building out a simple online course.

Gumroad’s SPL is a step-by-step process that unfolds a little each day, but a lot of people seem to be getting a jump start on it, at least in terms of planning. Over the weekend before the Small Product Lab began, I sat down and create a very rough outline for what my course could entail, with an eye towards adding value while keeping it as streamlined as possible.

Section One focuses on identifying your sellable skills, brainstorming course ideas, researching and testing the potential market for those ideas, and then crafting your outline and course script.

Section Two focuses on the step-by-step process of recording and editing your audio lectures, creating powerpoint-style slides, and editing them all together into short top-notch  quality videos (that don’t require you to be on camera, thankfully).

Section Three focuses on the final steps and considerations for creating promo art for your course, pricing, launching it, and marketing it.

Because my (probably a little ambitious) vision for the product includes both video and a PDF ebook for the course, I decided to hit the ground running. Having an rough outline, a loose title, and a focused battleplan on Day One really helped me focus and rock out the word count.

On Day 1, I followed the steps in the first SPL email and spent some time evaluating my idea and considering other options. But after a bit of google keyword research on my subject and title, I solidified my resolve and dove in.

I wrote just over 4,000 words and really pushed hard to create a large chunk of my script and ebook for the course. That was exhausting, but I’m happy with the content I created. I’ll likely have to go back and edit it a bit, but it’s pretty polished for a draft. My goal is to get the script and ebook roughed out entirely within three days, so I can have time to market and do other tasks along the way. Later this week I’ll be starting to record and edit the videos for the course.

It’s going to be a wild ride! Wish me luck and don’t forget to stop back here to see how it’s coming along!