A year ago Cindy decided to sell her story … so what happened next?

Like many interviewees who come to Featureworld , it was the first time Cindy Jackson had ever had any dealings with the press. Here, transexual Cindy, whose story of how she used to be a boy and is now a girl like her idol Katie Price, appeared in the Sunday Mirror and several magazines, tells what selling her story was like…

Sell story testimonial

Cindy also appeared on ITV's This Morning

Why did you want to sell your story?
I first decided to sell my story in May of last year. I felt I had a story to share with others and wanted to try and achieve my goals I had for the future. I wasn’t too sure who to go with at first but I contacted Featureworld with a general enquiry and Alison immediately emailed back.

What did you think of Alison?
She was really helpful and sounded like she knew what she was doing so it seemed like a good option to sell my story with Featureworld. I think everyone is slightly nervous about the article going into the paper/magazine because it is a first time experience and you want everything to go well, but Alison put me at ease.

Was your story read back before it was printed?
Yes, and through reading my article back to me and allowing me to say which bits I didnt agree with I was totally comfortable and therefore knew what to expect.

What did you think of your feature?
I was over the moon, the layout was brilliant and the piece had been written just as I expected – it wasn’t insensitive or anything and I was really pleased.

What did friends and family think?
I got a great response from other people who had seen my story in the paper and they were really positive saying how good I looked and how they thought I was an inspiration to others so that was a nice feeling!

Any advice to others?
From my own experiences in dealing with Featureworld I would 110% encourage others to contact Alison to sell a story. Alison is honest and does her best to make sure you’re happy and comfortable throughout the whole process. Selling my story was one of the best things I ever did and I don’t regret it for a second.

What’s happened since?
Since selling my story I’ve had loads of other work coming my way such as television and magazine appearances. I also fulfilled my dream and got to actually meet my Idol Katie Price and be on her television show, which was a dream come true!

Read more about Cindy here: Cindy’s stories.

If you would like to sell your story contact me here: Story to Sell.

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Dawn was given three months to live – so what happened next?

When you sell your story through Featureworld, you will find I am always interested to find out how you are – even years later! But I was particularly interested to hear from Dawn Green – in Sept 2008 she wrote: “Can you sell my story? I am a mum of two little girls and I was given three months to live by my doctors …”

Dawn booked her own funeral and went on a final holiday – but just before she went she googled her cancer and came across a cure. I sold her story to the Sunday Mirror, Best and Reveal magazines and also ITV’s This Morning.
Dawn takes up the story…

Why did you decide to sell your story through Featureworld?

I felt it was important to raise awareness of my rare cancer to other patients who otherwise may have been written off had they not researched it! I was not scared at all about my story going to press as Alison read it back to me for my full approval.

What did you think when you saw your story in print?

I was excited and confident the story would look great. And as expected the story was indeed fantastic and appeared in a Sunday national paper, two magazines and I even went on TV. Family and friends were thrilled. Even the staff at the hospital cut the articles out and now keep them in the intensive care unit to show other patients. I would thoroughly recommend using Alison’s services to sell a story as she never failed to keep me in the loop and has been friendly and supportive in all correspondence.

What’s happened since?

A year ago I had a relapse. But I have since recovered again and am strong enough health to set up a website to give hope to others suffering from a similar illness.

Visit Dawn’s website.
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Four months ago Shirley’s story appeared in the Daily Mirror – so what happened next?

Deciding whether to sell your story or not can be a nerve-wracking decision to make.
Here, Shirley Yanez recounts her ‘selling story’ experience. Shirley’s real life story about how she has given up sex appeared in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper in May.

Why did you decide to sell your story through Featureworld?
I decided to do the article after I was recommended to talk to Alison and read about how she tells real life stories to inspire others. Alison was fantastic and read back the story before she submitted to the paper so I was very excited to read it in print. I felt in complete control about what she had written about me.

What did you think of your story when you saw it in print?
When I saw it I was really pleased and felt quite emotional.
When my family and friends read about my story they were all very excited and glad I had told such an interesting side to my life in order to help others.

Do you have any advice for people about selling their story?
If you are going to sell your story to the world it is very important to find someone who is experienced at understanding your emotions, Alison was just brilliant and made me feel at ease. I would recommend it every time.

And what’s happened since?
Selling my story boosted my own profile and I have been asked to do talks on radio and TV. As a professional life coach, it also gave me the impetus to start my own website, Venus Cow. This is the first free on-line virtual life coaching service offering advice on the way you think about your own life – and ultimately improving your life on a budget.

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