If you have a story to tell I could help get it into the press and make sure you get the best fee.
I have contacts in all the major national newspapers, glossy magazines and TV and radio shows.
I’m particularly interested in real-life personal tales especially from women. (Not that men are less interesting – it’s just that there’s a stronger market for women’s magazines.)
What will I get paid?
That depends on the publication, length and how unusual or how topical it is. Some stories, particularly ‘confessional’ type personal stories can get thousands of pounds but most real-life magazine stories are in the hundreds.
Do I have to be named?
It helps! If you are willing to be named and photographed that makes it MUCH easier for me to sell your story and you’ll be paid much more, but I can often work with anonymous interviewees if it’s part of a wider story.
Will I get chance to read it?
Yes I can negotiate a read-back right for you.
Who will interview me?
Usually I interview and write the stories I sell. But sometimes a publication is already looking for something particular, in which case I’ll sell your story into the publication and that publications’ staff writer may interview you.
What do I do?
Contact me! Outline your story in a couple of sentences. If it’s a story where you are prepared to be named (these are much more likely to get commissioned), get some photos ready. If it’s a story which involves other people – eg family, partner, exes, children, dig out some photos of you with them too. I will need to send at least one photo with a pitch.
Here’s what some of my previous interviewees have to say:
I picked up a copy of The Times today and just want to say thank you so much for writing such a great article! I loved how personal it was and didn’t just read as a typical “what is asexuality?” piece.” Anonymous case-study (article on asexuality)
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your article. You did such a good job. I’ve had so many lovely messages incl one from a friend whose mum has terminal cancer. She says the article gave her some strength there’ll be life after she’s gone.” Lisa Snell (article on women losing fathers).
Absolutely LOVE the piece!!! Didnt realise we would be in the centre!! Tthanks for a wonderful glowing piece, all our friends and family are saying how great the article is and we think you did a fantastic job as well as Eva the photgrapher. We are so pleased we agreed to do this you have made us very happy!” Sabrina (article on co-parenting).
Thanks for doing all that for me I am really so gratefull to you. About 4 television companies have emailed me already as well! One of them is in Germany!” Simon Watson (article on regular sperm donors).
Just so you know, the show was awesome and had the best turnout yet. Everyone LOVES your article in the Times.” Suzy Miller (article on divorce mediation and the SOS divorce fair).
I picked up a copy of Forum today and just want to say thank you so much for writing such a great article! I loved how personal it was and didn’t just read as a typical “what is asexuality?” piece. Thank you and if you ever need to speak to me again for another article I will! X” Melanie (article on asexual relationships).
I’ve only just plucked up the courage to peek at the feature. I can’t believe how big it is! It’s absolutely incredible. I’ve had amazing emails all day. Women who’ve been raped or married without sex… and haven’t opened up like this before. You did a very good thing…. Anyway I owe you so much.” Sarah Berry, (article on women’s sexuality workshop).
Just wanted to say I saw the article in the Metro this morning and I’m really pleased with it. I really appreciated the way you grasped and presented the concept, and got across all the points we really wanted to. It’s also the first time I’ve ever been quoted in print media and not felt horribly misrepresented. Thank you!” Maxine Green (article on polyamory)