"Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so."
~ Belva Davis
World of Esmorde


World-building Workshop at Cleveland Library, Saturday 5 April 2014

13 January 2014

"Ever wondered why it was so easy to lose yourself in Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts or Fantasia? Careful world-building can pull a reader right out of their armchair and into a whole new world they can breathe, see and feel. In this FREE three hour workshop fantasy author R.J. Timmis will take aspiring fantasy and science-fiction writers through the three methods of world-building. Together we'll cover maps, languages, creature creation, and how to strike a balance between the amazing and the necessary rules of reality. Learn how to tap into the right side of your brain and unleash your creative side."

SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2014: Cleveland Library, QLD @ 9.30am - 12.30pm

Bookings will be run through the library directly and will open soon. Watch this space!


Second 2013 Self-publishing Workshop Bookings now open!

10 February 2013

If you have ever wanted to see your writing in print but have no idea how to go about it, this is the event for you! Trade publishers are offering fewer contracts every year, and getting caught by a Vanity Press is a surefire way to get ripped off and see your dream (not to mention your savings) disappear down the rabbit hole. In a Self-publishing Workshop I compare traditional, self and vanity publication, debunk myths about costs and expectations of all branches of publishing, and provide you with a step-by-step process to take your book from manuscript to finished product.

These easy-to-follow 3-hour workshops are just $44.00 (GST inclusive) per place. Light refreshments and course material is provided.

THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2013: Browns Plains (venue to be confirmed) @ 6pm - 9pm

Book online now! Places are strictly limited to 15 attendees per workshop.


'The Brothers of Turoc' has made it into the Quarterfinals of ABNA!

21 March 2012

Well I didn't get much sleep last night, so was a bit bleary-eyed when I flicked on my computer at 6am this morning to check the Quarterfinals list for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The list was released at 2am Brisbane time, but I've been coding websites 12-14 hours a day this week so staying up that late was not an option!

And I am BLITHERINGLY excited to announce that 'The Brothers of Turoc' was on the list :) Excited enough to make up adverbs (yes, yes, I know adverbs are the devil!). The next round of semi-finalists will be announced on April 24, which whittles the 250 Quarterfinalists down to just 50. I believe I'll be somewhere in the USA at the time, possibly Texas, so at least I won't have to wake up at some unnatural hour to get the results. I have to say though, that I'm really proud to have gotten this far at all, especially with a self-published book that couldn't land a traditional publisher in Australia. Self-publishing is a tough road, and you have to work 100 times as hard to get it 'out there'. But this is certainly helping!

If you'd like to read the first seven chapters of 'The Brothers of Turoc', there is a link in my post below... now to celebrate, I have another 14 hours of coding ahead of me!


5 days until the quarter-finalists of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award are announced!

16 March 2012

Eeek! In just 5 days Amazon and Create Space will be announcing the quarter-final results of ABNA, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award... 'The Brothers of Turoc' has made it to the second round, but will Aari and Theo manage to sneak on into the quarter finals? I really so hope (obviously!) because even if the book makes it no further than that, it means I made it into the top 5% overall... and with 5,000 entrants per category, that's a pretty good feather to go in their little caps!

If you'd like to have a sneak peek at 'The Brothers of Turoc' and see what all the fuss is about, you can download the first 7 chapters here.

For those who have read the book, or even just the excerpt, I'm seeking small reviews of one-or-two sentences to post online also... please send them through to author@rjtimmis.net

Happy reading!


Welcome to the R.J. Timmis website!

9 January 2012

Welcome to the home page of children's writer and illustrator R.J. Timmis! This new site will showcase my books, artwork and writing events, as well as give writers a platform to learn about the self-publishing industry.

You can book a workshop, enquire about school visits and purchase books online. Read through my tips for writers and illustrators, look up events and book releases or just drop me a line!

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