Ian Barnett is a freelance countrysports and hunting journalist based in Norfolk, England. Ian has hunted with airguns and lurchers since his teens and writes regularly for the airgun press about hunting fieldcraft. He is also a keen wildlife and landscape photographer. Many of Ians images can be seen on his Wildscribbler website (www.wildscribbler.co.uk).
Ian also writes a regular blog on the website.
As well as many hundreds of magazine articles, Ian has two published books to his credit, both on the subject of airgun hunting. These are available as follows:
The Airgun Hunters Year, published by Merlin Unwin. ISBN 978-1-906122-28-7
Airgun Fieldcraft, published by Blaze Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9549597-2-2
What inspires you to write?
Basically, teaching. The passing on of knowledge and also sharing my experiences in the woods and fields. Since childhood, I’ve always had the ability to paint pictures with words and in the UK this built a reasonable fan-base through my magazine articles.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a planner, for sure. I generally mind-map my ideas. I use iThoughtsHD on an iPad to get the flow working. Then I write the outline text on the iPad using Textilus. The rft drafts are Dropboxed into a Scrivener (for Microsoft) project so that I can organise better later. This also allows me to pull in photographs. The final export for The Hunters Tao was into Word, where I merged all docs and exported to Kindle. This was my first e-book and was so simple to do, it certainly won’t be my last! no more waiting two years in a volume publishers queue!
What advice would you give other writers?
Concentrate first and foremost on getting the writing done, whether on a word processor or by hand. Worry about formatting and publishing only when you are happy with your finished work. Never accept that you have ‘writers’ block. Just write something different, anything, a CV, a poem, a critique, a love letter. It will open the mind again.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Both of my previous hard-copy books left a sour taste post-publication. I never felt either were properly marketed and the failure of both publishers to e-publish left me disappointed. I took this third book from Scrivener to Kindle inside two hours so their procrastination is inexcusable.
If you’ve been thinking of self-publishing, just go for it! What have you got to lose?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It has to be the e-book format first with the better books evolving into hard copy ‘keep for life’ volumes. I never thought I would say that but just think about it. The freedom for writers is terrific now and if your books are good enough, the right readership will find them through the power of the web. No more speculative posting of manuscripts to a publisher and sitting with your fingers crossed.
What genres do you write?
Hunting, shooting, hunter/gathering, instructional.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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