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Justin TonnaJustin Tonna – Starting a Writing Career

“The tuition and help I got from the course gave me a whole new life.”

Justin Tonna

 

From Salesman to Successful Writing Career

Justin was a high-flying insurance salesman with a dream – to be a writer. On finding out he was soon to be a father, he decided to take a huge leap of faith and do something about it. His motivation? To be able to look his daughter in the eye, tell her that you should follow your dreams – and mean it!

Freelance to Salaried Writer to Editor-in-Chief

Justin started his writing career as a freelancer and, as his skill improved, was soon offered a junior writer’s position. Within a short period of time he achieved the position of Editor-in-Chief at a large publishing house. He oversaw 15 publications, managed a team of full-time writers, freelancers and a graphic design studio. He revelled in the challenge and soon improved the circulation of the publications he was responsible for producing.

Starting a Communications Business

However, it was not long before Justin felt the need for a new challenge. So, with another leap of faith, he decided to become the boss of his own communications company. After his first successful year in business, he’s:

 
 

Alice Vinten Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2020

“All I knew when I joined up with The Writers Bureau is that I'd always wanted to write and never had the nerve to start. I've been an avid reader from an early age, and 'being a published writer' seemed like an unobtainable dream. The Writers Bureau opened my eyes to possibilities that I'd never considered before - writing for magazines, pitching for non-fiction books, and researching the writing industry. On the 18th April 2019, my memoir On the Line - Life and Death in the Metropolitan Police was published in paperback by Two Roads Books.”

Alice Vinten - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2020

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