For the majority of people approaching a national newspaper or magazine can be a daunting experience and something they only do once in a lifetime. It may be that they unexpectedly find themselves at the centre of a dramatic story with reporters camping outside their front door. And they donât know which way to turn. Perhaps they want to expose a prejudice or gain press coverage in a newspaper, magazine or on TV for their business or charity. Alternatively they may simply want to earn some extra money. They have read real life stories in magazines in newspapers and magazines and wonder of they could make some money by selling their story.
For that reason, what are the different approaches that they can take to sell their story to the press? Also how do you know if your story is fascinating enough to sell?
Primarily, unless you are at the centre of a media storm they only way you will know if your story is credible in a newspaper or magazine is to put it out there.
Your options are:
Directly selling your story to a newspaper or magazine
Nothing is stopping you approaching an editor yourself. Just ring the publication of your choice and enquire about who is the best person to send your story to. Most of the news and feature desks would rather you email a short synopsis of your story. Make sure it is short with just a few paragraphs as the editors are busy people and wonât have a chance to read much more. You need to incorporate the basic points about your story. For instance, if you want to sell a story about a relationship, then say so. ââMy best friend stole my husbandââ is better than starting right at the beginning and going into so much detail that the editor needs to read a considerable amount before they get to the key point. Make sure that you enclose your name and a contact number, include a small photo if necessary.
Be assured that you will quickly receive a phone call if your story is of interest. If this is not the case then it…