A sudden change of circumstances in recent weeks forced me to have a radical rethink about how I earn a living. Design work has dried up for the time being—nobody’s fault, just the state of play at the moment, with my clients not having any projects for me to work on—and this left a gaping hole in my income that needed to be plugged urgently.
I’m lucky to have the tremendous support of my Patreon patrons, but even so, I needed to think on my feet and, to use the modern jargon, ‘pivot’ my business as quickly as possible.
With my thinking cap firmly jammed onto my head, therefore, I looked around at other stuff I’d done in recent years, and the most obvious candidate was the series of articles on tactics that I had written for Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine before my cancer treatment radically altered both my physical and mental health for a time during the pandemic.
So, I set about working out the best way to divide the articles into two small volumes and also creating all the maps to accompany them. (Those that appeared in the magazine had been created by the marvellous Rocío Espin from my sketches, but were obviously her copyright, so I needed to start from scratch.)
The result, as you can see here, is that I have published two small volumes, the first consisting of the earlier articles focusing on the proper use of infantry, cavalry and artillery on the battlefield, the second being a series of scenarios designed to put that theory into practice.
These are available from my Payhip site in PDF, ebook and Kindle format, from WargameVault in PDF format, and on Amazon too, both as Kindle and, within the next few days once I’ve checked the proofs, in print-on-demand format too.
So far, I’ve been astonished by the enthusiastic reception these titles have received, not just on social media, but in terms of real sales too. This has encouraged me to start planning further works, both along a similar vein and covering more varied wargaming and military history topics too.
Together with the news I have just received from Pen & Sword that the initial print run of Wargaming Campaigns has now sold out (and is being reprinted) this has given me a much-needed boost to morale, not just as a creative person but also as someone treading the lonely path of self-employment! Perhaps there really is light at the end of the tunnel…
Meanwhile, a huge “thank you” to everyone who has been so supportive in recent weeks, both in terms of actual purchases of my work and also for helping to spread the work on social media. It is truly appreciated.
So, keep your eyes peeled for more releases in the coming weeks and months, and you’ll see that I’m reviving my Gladius publishing imprint that has languished for quite some time, but which fits the bill for this kind of subject matter.