Looking for some extra cash for a holiday or to buy some clothes for a trip away? Well, you could always sell your story to help pay for it…!
Currently I am looking for great real life stories to sell to magazines and newspapers.
Any story with a summery feel to it is welcome. Here’s some ideas…
* Holidays from hell. Been on a nightmare plane flight or boat trip? Stayed in a half-built hotel – then make sure you take some photos as they will help sell your story on your return.
* Wedding stories… getting married the same day as Kate and Wills? Had a wedding disaster? Been jilted at the altar? Then take heart, at least everyone will want to buy your story.
* Holiday romances. Met the love of your life abroad? Are you giving everything up to live in a mud hut with the new man or woman in your life?
* Suffered terrible sunburn? Want to warn others of the dangers of sunbathing or forgetting to take the malaria pills? Are you suing a holiday company …
* Saved someone’s life? Been bitten by snake or a shark – obviously you have survived…!
* Got caught up in a crisis? Don’t forget to contact me if your flight is hideously delayed for some ridiculous reason, or you get caught up in another ash cloud. You can spend your time selling your story.
* Taking your pet abroad? Perhaps you have lots of photos from a trip around the world with your dog or maybe you spend thousands flying your cat to your Spanish villa and back.
* Lost a load of weight to go on your hols? Do you have great before pics of you as a beached whale on holiday – and looking sylph like this year?
* Given birth abroad – flew to the States and back and you didn’t know you were nine months pregnant (I sold a story before like this five times for that interviewee!).
* Been a victim of crime abroad? Been jailed abroad for a crime you didn’t commit?
* Going on the holiday of a lifetime? Packing up everything in the UK to move after a holiday?
* Taking the mother-in-law away with you?
* Heading for divorce after another nightmare holiday with your spouse?
Potentially a good real life story can earn you up to thousands of pounds and pay for your holiday.
To see if your real life story is saleable, contact me here: Sell My Story
Teen Emily Gaffney and mum Debbie told their extraordinary real life story in the MAIL ON SUNDAY newspaper at the weekend.
The case of Emily Gaffney has already made the legal history as it’s one of the first times in the UK that a family court has allowed a child to choose which parent she lives with.
Emily, her mum, Debbie, sister and dad Ian, originally left the UK to live in Canada in search of a better life. But Debbie and Ian’s marriage was already rocky and although Ian loved Canada, Debbie and the girls couldn’t settle. They became terribly homesick for all their friends and family back in Middlesbrough in the UK.
Yet when Debbie suggested to Ian they move back, he refused. Their relationship worsened and eventually one day she left without telling him. She felt incredibly guilty but simply couldn’t stay in Canada any longer.
Six months later, however, the Police turned up on Debbie’s doorstep and under the Hague Convention accused her of abducting her own daughters from Canada. A court case also decreed the girls should be returned to Canada where the issue of which parent they should live with would be decided.
But Emily and Lucy didn’t want to leave the UK to live with their dad. And in an unprecedented step, Emily wrote a letter to the judges in the High Court to say they wanted to stay with their mum. She then went to London and during the appeal met the judges. It was a tearful discussion as Emily was forced to choose between her parents.
In overturning the previous judgement to send the girls back to Canada, the judges praised Emily for her maturity and she and her sister were allowed to stay with their mum in the UK.
Debbie, who was astonished she could ever have been charged with abduction from a country she and her daughters only lived in for 18 months, was incredibly relieved as she feared she’d lose both the girls.
Debbie and her daughters are now happily settled back in the UK and their emotional story appeared in the Mail on Sunday over two pages.
Debbie said: “The story in the Mail on Sunday was simply brilliant. Emily and I were thrilled with both the feature and photos and delighted Alison was able to get our story into such a top newspaper.”
Do you have a heart-wrenching story of child custody, abduction or a family being torn apart? If so, contact me in confidence here: Sell my story
Read other recently sold stories: Archives
Another article for Maria-Louise Sawyer today – SUNDAY TIMES newspaper.
I am delighted today to see the Sunday Times has followed up on my original exclusive story, which six months ago appeared in the Daily Mail, about the plight of British couples who move to France and then how often such a move splits them up.
Sell Your Story blog readers will recall Marie-Louise Sawyer originally emailed me through my website, Featureworld, in April this year. Maria-Louise and her husband had moved to France but when their relationship fell on hard times, he moved back to Britain, leaving her alone in their French chateau. At the time I spoke to other wives who’d also been ‘abandoned’ by their British partners in France.
Then after the feature appeared in May over two pages in the Daily Mail newspaper, I suggested to Maria-Louise as she spoke French, she ought to set up a website to help others in the same situation. Unsurprisingly! I suggested she get a WordPress site as this one is! And she did… so her organisation WAIFS (Women Alone in France) was born.
Now today I read this extraordinarily similar article in the Sunday Times, once again detailing Maria-louise’s experience – I am thrilled for Marie-Louise that from emailing me at Featureworld that day, her project took off so well. And, as at the time I was amazed at the amount of women who wrote to me saying the same thing had happened to them, it is good to see this subject addressed again in another national newspaper.
To read more about Maria-Louise Sawyer, the original article I wrote and WAIFS, click here:
Do you want to gain publicity for your organisation? Email me here: Get publicity for my story
When Maria-Louise’s story appeared in the DAILY MAIL newspaper, it led her on an extraordinary journey …
According to my Featureworld Blog’s statistics, one of the best read posts on this site was the feature I wrote for the Daily Mail about the expat marriages breaking up abroad (especially in France.)
Regular Sell Your Story blog readers will recall this article featured three ladies whose marriages had all faltered after they followed their dream (or quite often, it transpired, their partner’s dream). Once the marriages failed, the husbands left their wives stranded often struggling to sell rambling properties in the middle of France.
Maria-Louise was one of my main interviewees. She had come to me via my Featureworld website and I then had no difficulty finding other ladies in the same situation to talk about their experiences too.
Following on from publication, I then received an email from another lady who was desperate for help.
At the time I suggested to Maria-Louise that she might help this lady. Maria-Louise is bilingual and as well as being very knowledgeable about French law, she has a host of contacts in France.
So I am delighted the article inspired Maria-Louise to set up her own self-help organisation and website to address this very issue.
WAIFS (Women Alone in France) is now up and running. To visit click here. Quite apart from helping women in France, it is a mine of information if you are thinking of moving there yourself.
I am absolutely delighted Maria-Louise has set this up – it makes doing that story particularly worthwhile.
If you have moved abroad and have a story you would like to see in the national press, do what Maria-Lousie did. Contact me here!