Dictionary.com defines a barbarian as:
[bahr-bair-ee-uhn] Show IPA
2. a person without culture, refinement, or education“
…among other things, but these definitions are relevant. In the view of the more internet savvy, I am primitive, unrefined, and lacking culture. While I am not a moron, nor a simpleton, I find some of the technological applications too removed from my ken to grasp the fine points, and thus appear a novice in the “social media” arena.
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