About The Barbarian Writer

Dictionary.com defines a barbarian as:


[bahr-bair-ee-uhn] Show IPA


1. a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.

2. a person without culture, refinement, or education

So, I shall embrace this notion and produce The Barbarian Writer. I am confident this will be unique, at least in name. As to content, I will mostly be commenting on sites I find around the web aimed at beginning writers. Seeing as how there are so many help pages out there, how is one to get to the point where they can use those topics?

I have found so much information for those who have finished penning a novel, but what about those of us who have not? We who need someone to look at what we have written thus far and offer support, or encouragement? I want to reach out to those who, like myself, do not already have one or two, let alone multiple, books on the market.

I hope to encourage some published authors, agents and even editors to offer guest posts, to relive the time when they did not have a book in the market and how nervous and unsure they were, even after finally getting that first manuscript finished. How they fretted over and tried to figure out which editor to use, who their target audience would be.

Does any of this sound familiar? These are questions I have, and I refuse to believe I am the only one with them.

SO; Here I am, and I hope some others find this blog and can relate to, and offer help for any or all the topics I hope to address.

Sincerely, Barbarian Writer, a.k.a. John T. M. Herres


  1. Been thinking, how about doing a interview? Think a lot of readers would love to hear about who you are, what you’ve written, and more. It could be a very interesting and would love to do so. Thanks.

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    1. I am honored. I don’t know what I would have to offer, but if you wish it, so shall it be. (lol).

      Let me know what you need from me. I have no idea how a blog interview works.
      Thanks again for the complements!


      1. Okay, you have my e-mail address right?
        Send me a quick e-mail so I can prepare a list of questions. Tell me about your book, give some information about yourself, where you are from, your education, your background, I’d love to hear about who you are and how your thinking and philosophy has evolved. I personally watched your comments and follow up with some of my readers and find it amazing how you inform them, correct them, and direct them. Maybe expound on Russian ideology – basically I’d love to give you free rein so to speak. I think with a couple of e-mails we can begin to formulate what could be a extremely interesting post or even series of posts.

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  2. Hi
    I really like your approach – particularly that you “embrace the notion” of the barbarian even though others may see it as less than positive. Brilliant.

    It is a tricky business this writing, I am also a beginner (although in some sense I have been doing it all my life). I summarised some of my thoughts here http://wp.me/p4nXC4-1a

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