High Flying Insurance Broker Quits Senior Post To Follow His Dream of Being a Successful Writer

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Justin Tonna left a highly successful career in the insurance industry to follow his dream of becoming a full time writer. He is now 'The Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2008'.

Justin Tonna left a highly successful career in the insurance industry to follow his dream of becoming a full time writer. He is now 'The Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2008'.

After spending ten years working his way through the insurance industry, Justin Tonna had finally reached the top of his game. At the age of 33, he gained a senior management post at one of Malta's largest insurers. Justin was on the fast track - and then he quit.

It all began when he studies the Comprehensive Writing Course with The Writers Bureau in October 2006. Initially, he wrote for the local rugby union, reporting on their weekly games for newspapers. There was no money, but it got his name in print.

After a few months the reports gained popularity and the rugby games gathered excellent crowds. The Malta Rugby Football Union presented him with a small plaque as a token of appreciation. "It sits on my desk to remind me that you don't always need a cheque to get satisfaction," says Justin.

He had a few articles published in the US and the UK and then began a conquest of the Maltese market. Within a year he was regularly writing for a majority of the local publications.

In late 2007, he had an offer from a local paper to join their team as a journalist. "Unfortunately, the remuneration was too low when compared to my corporate package. But it made me determined to make writing my full time job." remembers Justin.

His freelancing was going well and he cast about for some new markets to boost the income. Then he got a call from Network Publications - Malta's largest publishing house - to join their team as a senior journalist.

"Their offer actually beat my old corporate job and I decided it was time to throw in the insurance towel. Initially, I wondered if I could cope. But the excellent tuition I received on my course gave me the skills I needed."

Justin became a full time writer in February 2008, working on the Malta Economic Update magazine. He handles the monthly 32-page supplements, edits the work of other freelancers and interviews top businessmen and politicians. "The job is hectic, the deadlines are tight but the reward of seeing the finished publication at the end of each month is indescribable." he enthuses

"It was a very hard decision when I turned my back on the corporate world. The climb to the top had been long and hard. But after spending three months in journalism and writing for a living, would I do it again? In a heartbeat."

Justin Tonna is The Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2008.

For more information about The Writers Bureau and to read more about Justin
visit: http://www.writersbureau.com or email: susanm(at)writersbureau.com

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