Considering selling a story to a magazine, newspaper or TV? Have a look on this page at our recently sold real life stories – for the vast majority of interviewees their journey to sell a story began when they contacted us … and here are the results!
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Read some of our recent real life stories below…
I FELL IN LOVE WITH AN AVATAR…
Vicky Teather wanted me to sell her real life story about how she fell in love with her husband when as avatars in an online video game.
Vicky says: “People were often saying we should sell our story as the way we met is so unusual.”
The couple’s cyber affair began when Vicky played character Branwen and Paul played character Andurus in the game Final Fantasy.
As Andurus and Branwen in Final Fantasy
After growing close, they both finished relationships with their real life partners and have since married. Their story appeared in the Daily Mail.
< As real life newlyweds
Read Vicky’s story as it appeared in the Daily Mail >
Do you want to sell your story? Perhaps like Vicky and Paul you met your partner in an unusual way?
THE BOY HAVING A SEX CHANGE TO LOOK LIKE JORDAN…
Richard Jackson emailed me because he wanted to sell his story about how he wants to transform himself into his idol, Katie Price.
Richard, 18, who now lives as a woman, Cindy all the time, said: “I wanted to get my story out there and that meant gaining as much publicity as possible. That was why I contacted Alison at Featureword.”
Mum Donna and Cindy both told their stories to the Sunday Mirror and Closer magazine. They then appeared on ITV’s This Morning and I have more deals in the pipeline for Cindy, who hopes to undergo a full sex change op next year.
Read Cindy’s story in The Sunday Mirror >
£13k of cosmetic surgery ruined my marriage…
For years , was overweight and frumpy. Then she lost six stones and spent £13K on a breast reduction to get rid of floppy boobs, tummy tuck, liposuction and a thigh lift. For the first time in years she felt fantastic.
She now has the body she has always longed for. The casualty is her marriage.
She gained confidence and the more surgery she had, the further she and her husband grew apart.
Heather and her estranged husband both talked about her transformation and why as her body changed, their relationship did.
She says though she has no regrets -she loves her new self.
The sacrifice was worth it and she is happier than ever. She is intending to have more surgery – and she has had botox.
However, ex husband Dave, 54, says she became obsessed with the surgery and it changed her. She began going out. The final straw was when she began talking about having surgery to her face. Heather’s story was sold to Woman’s Own where it appeared over two pages.
Heather says: “I decided to sell my story after watching a real life TV programme about magazines. Selling my story has given me a new-found confidence. It was a way of celebrating the new Heather. The whole experience has been great fun.”
My Marriage or my baby – one woman’s agonising decision
When Tracey married her husband, she already had three children. But Richard took them on and over the next few years they had four more of their own. However, a year ago their relationship hit a rocky patch. Around the same time Richard’s best friend broke up with his girlfriend and came to live with them until he found a place to stay. Tracey began confiding more in Richard’s best friend. Richard became very jealous and during a huge row one day, he stormed out.
Left alone with Richard’s best friend, Tracey fell into bed with him and they began an affair.
However, Tracey was devastated when a month later she discovered she was pregnant. She was torn over whether she should keep the baby or not. But in the end it was her husband who gave her the ultimatum – abort the baby and save our marriage or be a single mum.
So Tracey had a termination. It was hard but she and husband Richard are now back together and because of this nightmare, their relationship has been made much stronger. Tracey feels incredibly guilty about the upset she has put everyone through and she now realises how lucky she has been that Richard has forgiven her.
Tracey says: “I wanted to sell my story to tell the world how much I love Richard and how pleased I am we are still together. Alison wrote our story for the newspaper and the magazine very sensitively and we now feel we can move on with our lives.”
Tracey’s story appeared in the Daily Mirror and Best magazine.
I earned £250K as an escort …
When Kirsty was in her early twenties, she worked as a trader in the city. But she was attacked one night and lost her confidence. She became depressed and lost her job. To make ends meet, she began working as an escort. She was astonished by how much money she could earn.
In one year she earned £250,000. She stayed in the top hotels, wore designer clothes and travelled the world. She justified it to herself by saying that she was a businesswoman. No-one would ever have guessed what she did. And for years, it fitted in with her life perfectly.
It did bother her though. She is well educated – she has five A levels. And over the years she attempted to go back to a ‘normal’ life, gaining various office jobs. But she was always tempted back into escorting as the money was so good. Then 18 months ago her world was turned upside down when she met her husband, a fire safety engineer. He begged her to give up her ‘job’ which she did and a year ago they married.
Now, though, she is finding it hard to exist without the money. The last few years she didn’t earn £250,000 every year – but she had been working part time to supplement her office job. She wants to go to medical school but this will cost a lot of money. The only way to get it is to go back to escorting but her husband is absolutely against it. She is still tempted but it would risk her marriage.
Kirsty and her husband discussed their dilemma in Closer magazine.
Kirsty says: “I had thought about selling my story for a while. It was a relief to get it out in the open and I was very pleased with my double page in the magazine as well as the money we got – which helped pay some bills.”
WOULD YOU WANT TO BE BURIED WITH YOUR PETS?
The Daily Mail newspaper asked me to research the rise in the number of cemeteries where owners can be buried with their pets.
I spoke to Penny Lally who buried her own husband John with Super Sam, Penny’s horse, Muppet the dog, Blot the cat and Brian the canary. And I also spoke to two other animal loving families who also want to be buried with their pets.
Penny, who now runs a pet and animal cemetery woodland, says: ‘I was only too delighted to be interviewed by Alison Smith-Squire for the Daily Mail articleabout this as I am sure many people don’t realise it’s possible. I was thrilled with the newspaper story.’
To find out more about Penny, visit her website:www.woodlandburialplace.co.uk
Penny with late husband John
DOPEY VETS LEFT SCISSOR CLAMPS IN MY DOG – FOR TWO YEARS…
Trudi’s shocking story about how vets left a pair of medical scissor clamps inside her dog Gracey was sold to the News of the World newspaper.
Trudi said: ‘I wanted to bring this disturbing story of my dog to the general public.’
Fortunately, Gracey has now had the clamps removed and has made an excellent recovery.
Trudi and pet dog Gracey
WOULD YOU SEND YOUR NINE YEAR OLD TO LIVE WITH STRANGERS FOR SIX MONTHS?
Katy Salmon’ son Jonathan is just nine but in a few weeks he will go to live with a family in France. He will take their surname and be their son, go to a French school and hopefully come back fluent in French.
Katy wanted to gain publicity for enfamille, a little-known organisation that arranges extreme exchanges usually between families in France and the UK.
Her fascinating story was printed in the Daily Mail.
< Katy and son Jonathan
Katy says: ‘Thank you for doing the article. We’re really pleased with how it’s come out and delighted the story gained so much interest.’
Katy and the organisation has since been deluged with offers to make a documentary. Meanwhile, Katy has spoken on Radio Five Live, BBC TV’s Breakfast show, taken part in numerous other radio interviews and continues to discuss this subject.
DAWN’S STORY – THE MUM WITH LOCKED-IN SYNDROME
When Dawn emailed me asking if I could sell her story to a newspaper or magazine, I knew straightaway I would be able to.
Shortly after Dawn gave birth to her son Alexander, she suffered a stroke.
Now, although her mind is as sharp as ever, she is totally unable to move. She is only able to communicate through blinking and slight head movements.
Dawn’s incredible story about how she managed with her son and how sadly her relationship with her husband has since broken down, was sold to the Daily Mail newspaper and Bella magazine.
Dawn, who is currently writing book, said: ‘Alison’s story made my family cry because it was so accurate and made all of us realise what we have gone through. I can’t thank her enough for getting my story out there.’
THE MUM WHO CAN’T REMEMBER HAVING HER OWN BABY
‘Can you sell my story again?’ asked mum Karen Wilkinson-Wigham. Karen’s story had already been sold through Featureworld to the Sunday People newspaper and Love Itmagazine. She had also been on ITV’s This Morning.
She had suffered meningitis and lost her memory. So when she eventually had baby George, she began to keep diaries so she could record him growing up.
I agreed to see if I could sell the story one more time. It was placed in the Daily Mail where it made page three. But since then, a further follow-up on the story and how Karen is coping has been sold to Best magazine!
Karen says: “I never thought Alison would sell my story to so many newspapers and magazines. I couldn’t choose which story in which magazine or newspaper has been the best one. I have loved all of them. The whole family has thoroughly enjoyed the sell my story experience. The bonus is, thanks to selling the story to so many newspapers and magazines, we have lot of wonderful cuttings for George.’
Other Recently Published Stories Include…
- Home for Christmas – 23 week twins (Daily Mail)
- Too stupid to marry – Kerry Robertson story (Pick me up)
- Photo diary of heart transplant (Daily Mirror, Pick me Up) read >
- I froze my body in time (Closer mag)
- Having my baby could kill me (Closer mag) read >
- Army wife twice betrayed by ‘love rat’ husband (Daily Mail, Pick me Up) read >
- Did my nights out give me cancer? (Fabulous, Grazia Australia) read >
- The adult ‘kids’ still living at home (Daily Mail) read >
- Laser eye surgery investigation (Daily Mail)
- I found love through my dead daughter (Best mag)
- Why won’t he marry me? (Bella mag)
- I shopped my husband to police (Daily Mirror, Reveal, That’s Life) read >
- Docs said I was too fat to be a mum (Best mag)
- When a woman says no. Rape story (The Sun)
- One-night-stands feature (Daily Mail)
- I fell in love with an avatar in a video game (Daily Mail) read >
- House husbands (Daily Mail)
- The truth about ballroom dancing (Daily Mail, Now) read >
- My life as a single dad (Daily Mirror) read >
- I set up facebook page for love rat (Sunday People, Pick me Up) read >
- My bankruptcy story (Daily Mail)
- Stressed-out bride has a heart attack (Daily Mail, Take a Break, Woman) read >
- Breast cancer made me trace my birth mum (Daily Mirror) read >
- Why I want to look like Kym Marsh… (Love it) read >
- My dog was kidnapped (Daily Mail, Take a Break) read >
- NHS paid £28K for my slim body (The Sun) read >
- My gap year with Myrtle my dog (Daily Mirror)
- Why we’re giving our embryos away (Daily Mirror)
- Binge drinking gave me cancer (Take a Break, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan) read >
- My life as an escort (Daily Mirror) read >
- I forgot I gave birth (Reveal)
- Gastric Band Surgery ruined my life (Daily Mirror) read >
- How two wives caught their bigamist husband (Woman’s Own)
- Only 18 – but my baby has Down’s Syndrome (Bella)
- I found my long lost siblings – on holiday (Daily Mirror) read >
- We both had babies at the same time by the same man, (That’s Life mag)
- My life with Donny Osmond (Bella)
- Vet Matthew Watkinson commentary – battery cows (Daily Mail) read >
- Late-blooming lesbians (Daily Mail, ITV’s This Morning)
- House Swapping (Daily Mail) read >
- Teen boy sex change to become Jordan (Sunday Mirror, Closer, ITV This Morning)
- Britain’s most premature twins (Daily Mail) read >
- Fed up of being a wicked stepmum (Woman’s Own)
- I gave up binge drinking for my kids (Daily Mail)
- Fell in love with my postman (Pick me Up)
- My husband ran off with daughter’s best friend (Woman)
- My abortion failed (The Sun) read >
- Pregnant aged 11 (Sunday People, Pick me Up)
- Taking your pet abroad (Daily Mail) read >
- Becoming lady Gaga left me broke (Closer)
- I started puberty aged seven (Daily Mail)
- Living in a mud hut saved my marriage (Woman’s Own)
- Women who abort after IVF (Daily Mail)
- Expat wives abandoned in France (Daily Mail)
- Why we spoil our kids (Daily Mail, Bella)
- Training injury cost me chance of natural birth (Daily Mail)
- Mum with Parkinson’s (Sunday People) read >
- We had babies and didn’t know we were pregnant (Daily Mail)
- Baby joy after losing a child (Daily Mail, Bella)
- Why I don’t have sex (Daily Mirror) read >
- I woke from a coma to find I had a baby (Sunday People, Reveal) read >
- I believed my baby girl was a boy (Daily Mirror) read >
- Mum gives birth on the M4 (Sunday Mirror) read >
- We met on a train (Daily Mail, Woman) read >
- Selling my eggs on the internet (Daily Mail) read >
- Is this Britain’s most spoilt baby (Daily Mirror, Closer)
- We all remarried our husbands (Daily Mail, Woman’s Own)
- Can hypnobirthing give a pain free labour (Daily Mail)
- Cosmetic addiction ruined my marriage (Woman’s Own)
- Mum’s obesity made me anorexic (Closer)
- Motherhood through the ages (Daily Express)
- I aborted baby to save my marriage (Daily Mirror, Best)
- I spent my daughter’s school fees on plastic surgery (Daily Mail)
- I got skinny and cheated on my husband (Bella)
- Soldier’s fight to bring Afghan pup home (News of the World, Look mag) read >
- The Mumcredibles (Fabulous)
- The needless vaccines that are making our dogs sick (Daily Mail) read >
- The generations of single mums (Daily Mail)
- Can whirlwind marriages ever work (Best)
- How to feed your pets (Daily Mail)
- Why I chose to become a single mum (Daily Mail)
- Is it so wrong to long for a boy or a girl (Daily Mail)
- My daughter hated fat camp (Closer mag)
- My hair fell out when I tried a new shampoo (Daily Mail)
- Life after divorce for the over 45s (Daily Mail)
- Becoming a Leona lookalike has ruined my life (Daily Mail, This Morning, Best)
- Is the food we feed our pets killing them? (Daily Mail)
- Swine flu scandal (Daily Mail)
- Our baby was snatched by social workers (Daily Mail, Sunday Mirror, GMTV)
- Locked in syndrome – Dawn’s story (Daily Mail, Bella)
- The mum who can’t remember having her own baby (Sunday People, Daily Mail, Love it, This Morning.)
- I earned £250K as an escort (Closer)