How I Took a Bartending Course and Traveled for Seventeen Years

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Steven Nicolle

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My recount of all the crazy things I did for seventeen straight years while working in the hospitality industry living pretty much out of a suitcase. It is an adventure of spontaneous decisions that will keep the reader wanting to go to the next chapter to see what comes next.



Short Summary

My introduction starts off with me teaching a bartending course the same way I learned over twenty years earlier. Chronologically I go through how I ended up taking a bartending course when I had no idea what I wanted to do. From that moment on I go through the places I worked and places I lived.

The story ends when I was Maitre'd on the cruise ship and through a serendipitous chain of events, I meet my wife from Iceland who also worked on the ship from Iceland. I left the ship on March 10th, 1996 and we married in Victoria BC in August of the same year.


Montreal Toronto Alberta Nova Scotia England Isles of Scilly Switzerland Cruise ship worldwide.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Steven Nicolle

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Flexible,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Lone Wolf,Outspoken,Skillful

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Development Pitch

My book is like a Forrest Gump of stories. How I ended up serving Prince Philip and a couple of prime ministers of Canada. Did dinner for King Gustav of Sweden. This book is totally unpredictable because just talking to someone would send me in a different direction. Even if the person remembered me from the last time we talked two years before. The relationships with women people will relate to as well. The book has an abrupt happy ending as I finally meet the right one and want to settle down after all the running around. I see it as a movie for sure because it is just not about bartending but a life experience. A television series if you want to hone in on the bartending and waiting on tables and dealing with day to day idiots at the table as well of course the good people.

About The Author

I took a bartending course when I was 20 years of old and embarked on a road of self-discovery while traveling for 17 years. A book that is very relatable to the reader who experiences my good times and bad times throughout my journey.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Author Reputation Press since 2019

Year Published: 2014 with Friesen Press self published.

Hard Copy Available







A young man learns to bartend and travels the world.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the profile does depict the book.

Draw of Story

The main character led an interesting life.

Possible Drawbacks

There isn't really a plot or fully developed narrative. Lead and supporting characters have no arc.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

Young adult partying/antics. Follow a young man on a journey around the world as he makes drinks, friends and adventure.

Fanbase Potential

I don't think so. It may attract an audience but it's not a "built-in" fanbase.

Awards Potential

Not that kind of project

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is interesting to read. It could probably use more comedy.

Lead Characters

The willingness to go where the winds blow is cool.

Uniqueness of Story

It's interesting but it would need to be fictionalized and more comedy and romance in order to make it a visual medium project.

Possible Formats

TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

A story with a beginning, middle, and end. A lead character that goes through some kind of evolution. Supporting characters that have a larger role. Funnier jokes and situations. Maybe taking these adventures to fiction and turning each one into a story with a plot and an outcome as part of a TV series, it could work as a tv series. Perhaps the writer could host a travelogue about the best bars in the world, but I can not figure out how to make this work in a visual medium by itself.