Take a look at our frequently asked questions below for further information.
We realise that selling a story isn’t for everyone. It’s an important decision, and we make sure you have plenty of time to consider it carefully. Our media consultants are there to frankly discuss any possible negative outcomes, as well as the many positives. We always advise you to talk to friends and family as well.
Yes - we only deal with true stories. If your story involves medical notes or a court case, we may ask to see supporting documents, such as letters or cuttings from the local press. When you are interested in selling a fictional story, we recommend that you get in touch with specialist publishers, to whom we can direct you.
Yes, that’s fine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, or let us know when you’re online. We can’t wait to hear from you!
The simple answer? Anything interesting! To guide you, we usually find success with the following stories:
Price Guide: You are likely to receive between £500 and £3,000 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to receive between £300 and £2,000 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to get between £400 and £1,500 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to get between £400 and £1,200 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to get between £300 and £1,000 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to get between £300 and £800 for this type of story or similar.
Price Guide: You are likely to get between £400 and £2000 for this type of story or similar.
Of course, your story could just simply be strange! Maybe a pet saved your life, or you want to talk more about your strange fetish, addiction, or fascination.
Of course! Take your time. We can work at whatever pace you feel comfortable with.
No - under no circumstances. Our fees are paid directly by the media. We do not take a percentage of your fee, or charge you for our work.
Just some of our list includes:
Pick Me Up | Chat | Reveal | Woman | Woman’s Own | Now | Cosmopolitan | Love It | Fabulous
We also work with national newspapers including The Sun, Mirror, and Daily Mail, and have excellent links with broadcasters such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain.
We think that the best approach is to pitch your story to all the magazines and newspapers. But if there is a title that you particularly like or dislike, we’ll be happy to accommodate your wishes.
We’d love to discuss ways we can help. If you’ve got a personal reason for supporting a particular cause, telling your story can be a great publicity move.
The fact is, if you go directly to a magazine, you may not get the best deal. We send your story out to all the magazines and an auction takes place, which means you will probably receive a higher fee. Also, at Sell My Story, we like to make sure you are dealing with one person throughout the process of selling your story, which may not necessarily be the case if you go directly to a magazine.
Usually, once we have sent your story to the publisher (at the end of step 4) the story will be told within a few months. If you would rather your story was not told before a certain date, then we can advise editors of this. At Sell My Story, we always act in your best interests.
Our dedicated team use all their experience and contacts to give your story the best chance of selling. But not all stories sell. The good news is that you’ve got nothing to lose if it doesn’t. Your media consultant will stay in close contact with you and will always be just a phone call away. We keep your contact details safe here and will not pass them on to anyone, unless you want us to.
No. We can talk about approaching different magazines and newspapers to sell your story for you again. But please let us know where it has been published.
You’ll work closely with one of our experienced writers who’ll guide you through the whole process. Once the article has been written, your writer will read it back to you.
We want you to be 100% happy with the final article so after writing it, we can read it back to you over the phone. This can be done as many times as you like, so you don’t have to worry. When you’re not happy with something, we will change it.
Yes. There is no commitment from you until you sign a magazine/newspaper contract. By then, you’ll know what your story is worth and can make a fully informed decision.
This all depends on the story. Should a story be published, it is likely to be worth between £200 and £2,000. But if the story is strong enough, the sky’s the limit! We’ve sold stories for our clients for more than £20,000.
In most cases, payment is made following publication. But, in exceptional circumstances, we may be able to arrange for payment to be made earlier.
Normally, you will receive payment no later than 6 weeks following the publication of your story. For example, if your story was published on New Year’s Day, you will have the money by Valentine’s Day. You can choose to be paid either by cheque or direct bank transfer for your convenience.
No. All our fees are paid for by the media. Sell My Story is paid for gathering and writing your story and, because our role in the process is very different to yours, we are paid separately. We promise not to take a penny from your fee.
Wow! Great! Sell My Story is always on the lookout for people who have a tale to tell. When you put us in touch with someone and their story is published, we can pay you a generous ‘finder’s fee’..