“When I saw The Writers Bureau pledge to refund my signing-on fee if I didn’t earn it before finishing the course, I remember thinking: ‘I bloody well hope so, because I’ll never earn that much...’ Never has it felt so good to be proven wrong.”
Tim dabbled in writing from a young age and decided he wanted to be a novelist early in life. But, as with many aspiring writers, expectation lead him down another path and he ended up with an engineering degree. What this did teach him, however, was what he did not want to do. So, for the next two decades Tim travelled the world between working a number of jobs to pay the bills.
An advertisement for the Writers Bureau caught Tim’s eye and changed his attitude. Until this point he thought he had nothing to learn about writing and the course would be a waste of time. However, gentle prodding from his wife convinced him to take the course and soon after Tim had his first publishing successes.
To date, Tim has been published numerous times in lifestyle and in-flight magazines, has updated travel guides – such as Fodor, AA, Thomas Cook – and has become a minor celebrity after writing the Bradt guidebook to Luxembourg. He has also achieved success in writing competitions – being selected as a finalist in the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition. His second book is “Around Amsterdam in 80 Beers”.
Tim continues to have work published in in-flight, ex-pat and energy publications. His third book – a second edition of the Bradt guide to Luxembourg – is in production and will be out in April 2012.
Tim’s story shows how training is essential if you want to succeed.
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