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Math artist, puzzle-maker, etc. Heavy on the "etc."

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mike  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Thank you so much! There is a free "explorers guide" coming out any day. 60 pages of cool stuff related to Abacabax. Just have to make the cover, but we got a big rush of business in our puzzle company and everything else is on hold at the moment.

mike  ·  152 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Three Mohawks

Fantastic! Going to add color?

mike  ·  165 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Would you like to order a bonus pack of irregularly-shaped pieces, perfect for completing those hard-to-solve dates?

:-)

mike  ·  167 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tin-Can is now complete and available on Android and iOS.

I love this. I may be the only one in Norway with it right now, so it may take a while for you to get my party invitation.

mike  ·  167 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Awesome! Can't believe how long mail took this last month. Thankfully, everyone has been very patient. Have fun! (PS: you can post and compare solutions on our Facebook page).

mike  ·  177 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Awesome -- thank you! It's been a busy few months, with KS, book and talk. Usually not this successful, I'm more used to attempting ambitious projects and watching them crash and burn (well, usually wither and die). But the Puzzle-A-Day at least is really taking off.

We've gotten a ton of orders this week, and packed them all up this morning, so yours will be in the mail tomorrow! Hope it arrives trouble-free!

mike  ·  178 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Canada seems to be one of the slow countries. I'm guessing their postal service is overwhelmed this season. Hope you get it soon!

mike  ·  178 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

They seem to be coming in to different countries at random times, but they've been arriving as far away as Japan and Australia, while some people in the UK are still waiting. Big variation in what's happening with post offices in different areas. Hope you get yours soon!

mike  ·  178 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Awesome! If you've filled out the survey (so we have your address) yours will have been sent out on December 9th... so you should have it soon if not already!

mike  ·  178 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 23, 2020

Thanks for the shout-out goobster! Glad you like it!

mike  ·  195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My TEDx talk - Art Inspired by Mathematics

Thanks! Here's the picture of the Family Tree that was a little hard to see on the video.

mike  ·  195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My TEDx talk - Art Inspired by Mathematics

Thanks mk! :-)

mike  ·  199 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Story of Limitations

I get your point. A lot of our customers have expressed surprise that we are delivering on time. I suppose they are the ones most experienced with KS and know that on-time delivery is unusual!

Yes, for us KS has been great for marketing. We decided last year to expand our hobby to a tiny business. We have many tiny businesses we're running at the same time and think puzzles could become the largest. Sales is the hardest part. We sold puzzles at some local fairs, visited a few local shops, got our puzzles in 3 stores in the city, did a mailing of samples to 20 stores, two of them bought a few packs, and we started to plan a sales road trip around the country for fun when corona hit and killed our plans.

Selling 2 puzzles a day from our webshop is definitely hobby-level, but that is 30x increase from before we did the kickstarter. We also picked up 3 stores, 2 in the UK and one in the US that want to sell our puzzles, so from a marketing perspective our KS has been a hit. 2 puzzles a day plus 6x $10k KS next year is over $100k in sales and that's no longer hobby but small business. And if we can increase sales 30x again next year then it's really good business.

We got a new machine we'll order this month with large cutting bed and double heads that can make 50 puzzles/hour. With enough sales we can employ someone to assemble and avoid manufacturing overseas, which we've tried and quality is a problem.

My wife's been enjoying posting updates on KS, which lots of personal touches and touches of Norwegian culture. Some have been loving the updates and many have signed up for a newsletter, so she's going to start a blog on our website and build this brand-loyalty by drawing our customers into a kind of friend group.

Fun stuff.

mike  ·  199 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Story of Limitations

Well, we used it for marketing. We already had a product but no easy path to market. This was a cheap and easy way to get our puzzle out there. We hit our goal in 18 hours and when the campaign ended we were 968%. And now our webstore, which was getting about 2 orders a month is now getting 2 orders a day. Yeah, not killer sales but fine for a start.

We sold almost 800 puzzles in two weeks, which is a lot for us. Even after expenses and unexpected extra costs, it's still good money. We're probably going to run about 6 more campaigns next year, figuring out more and more of the process as we go to be more efficient.

Yeah, KS is taking a significant cut, but it was easy and fun.

If you've got recommendations for other ways for a tiny business to effectively market their products, I'd love to hear suggestions!

mike  ·  199 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Story of Limitations

Ha! Found you! Now I know your real name. :-) (PS: mine is "Mike")

mike  ·  201 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A Story of Limitations

Thanks for ordering! Did you get an Early Bird 5-pack? (The name "goobster" doesn't show on my backer list!)

mike  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Shout out to wasoxygen who not only bought the ebook but sent in more typos. Awesome!

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Can you try it again ooli? I've just added an SSL certificate, maybe that did the trick?

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Good catch! Not so many people would recognize one right away!

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Steve and mk were beta-readers, and invaluable. I am immensely grateful!

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out. Looks ok on this side, so gotta go dig around and see what's up with that.

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

I'd love to discuss. There's been a lot of thinking that went into this...

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I published my first novel

Thanks! It was hard.

mike  ·  216 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Garry Kasparov on What The Queen’s Gambit Gets Right

We just finished watching this series last night. It's one of the best series we've watched. I was particularly struck by how exciting they made chess appear. Wonderful.

mike  ·  221 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new Kickstarter puzzles

Here's an mk painting he made for me of the fjord nearby.

Dragon beach is along the shore you see there.

mike  ·  221 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My new Kickstarter puzzles

I had a buddy write some code and I have a printout of one solution per day. Most days have 25-75 solutions, but it's tricky to find just one!