Two Featureworld interviewees, whose stories were both sold to national newspapers, this week also appeared in magazines!
Laura Hymas’s emotional real life story about how she is living with a brain tumour was previously printed in the Daily Mirror newspaper. Until last Christmas, Laura felt she was the luckiest woman alive. With a wonderful partner, Ben and an adorable son, Jacob, she couldn’t have asked for more. But then, after suffering from strange symptoms such as being clumsy and tired, she received some devastating news – she has a brain tumour.
Doctors in the UK say they can’t do anymore for Laura so Ben launched the Hope For Laura Fund to raise enough money to have potentially life saving treatment in the US.
Laura is currently in the US receiving treatment and we are all hoping it is successful. For the latest updates follow Laura on Twitter.
Meanwhile, I have arranged for Laura’s story to appear in another bestselling women’s mag. Watch this space!
WOMAN’S OWN MAGAZINE
And yet another Featureworld interviewee stars in another magazine this week!
Interestingly Amanda’s story also appeared in a newspaper and a magazine when her sister Sam offered to be a surrogate and had baby Esme for her. Then Amanda had spent £30,000 and on IVF that hadn’t worked.
But when against all the odds Amanda recently gave birth herself to baby Thea she wanted to tell her story again. And as this was a new update, I was able to place it. And Esme really is a little miracle. When the clinic wrote to Amanda asking what to do with embryos left over from before, she and husband Darren decided to have one last go at IVF. That was paid for by sister Ellen – and incredibly it worked.
Amanda now has lots of beautiful newspaper and magazine cuttings to show both her daughters when they are older.
Amanda says: “We are all thrilled with the story in Woman’s Own. Thank you very much!”
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Emotional real life story appears in WOMAN’S OWN this week.
In their wedding photos, Claire Faulkner, 40, looks like any other radiant bride as she marries husband Chris, 37.
But in fact, on their wedding day both she and Chris knew she was dying from cancer. Claire, a mum of two beautiful girls, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. It was devastating especially as it came at a time when her marriage was breaking up. She had a mastectomy, chemo and radiotherapy and in January 2008 doctors gave her the all clear.
It was then she met an old friend again, Chris and they began dating. He didn’t even mind about Claire’s cancer or the fact that surgery had left her body scarred. And he was wonderful with the girls. Soon they had moved in together and on Christmas Day in 2009 Chris proposed. Naturally Claire said yes!
But shortly after as she was fitted for her wedding dress she found a lump in her neck – the cancer had returned.
Despite this the couple went through with their wedding with doctors giving Claire two weeks off treatment so she looked and felt their best. Talk of cancer was banned and the couple had the wondering wedding day they dreamed of.
Since then, though, the cancer has spread even more. Claire and Chris cannot accept nothing can be done. So they are fund raising for treatment in the US. This treatment is controversial and some say it hasn’t been proved but they will try everything to try to beat this.
Of the story in Woman’s Own Chris said: “Hi Alison, I picked up the copy of Womans Own magazine today to read the article and ….well what can I say, it was perfect! Hearing it read back on the phone is one thing but to see it in writing is another, we even made the front cover!
My wife and I were both deeply moved, it really is a wonderfully touching piece. We both wanted to pass on our thanks and let you know how very grateful we are.”
To read regular updates on how Claire is or to make a donation go to Claire’s website.
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Three featureworld interviewees tell their real-life story in WOMAN’S OWN magazine this week.
As is usual at Featureworld the vast majority of interviewees decide to tell their story to more than one magazine or newspaper.
In Woman’s Own this week Patricia, Lisa and Diane all tell their stories of how they didn’t marry for love. Their stories previously appeared in the Daily Mail newspaper via Featureworld along with two others.
But Woman’s Own picked their stories to feature over two pages this week. Despite the brides not being in love on their wedding day, two of the marriages have worked and only one of these three didn’t…
In other news at Featureworld… I found myself on the other side of the camera this week when film crew from New York TV news show Inside Edition came to the Featureworld offices. They were following up on Malissa Jones’ story about how she has gone from being 34 stones to anorexic.
Malissa’s story continues to sell worldwide and after her appearance on ITV’s This Morning show on Monday, she has had a different film crew visit her every day except Wednesday this week.
Malissa says: “Since my story appeared in Closer last week, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. But although it’s been an exhausting week, knowing how much people are interested in what’s happened to me has given me a huge boost. I am so thankful to Alison for once again getting my story out there.”
I believe I have now placed Malissa’s story some twenty times since she first visited Sell My Story website Featureworld in 2008.
If you have a story to sell and feel it might be suitable for a multiple deal, appearing in a national newspaper, magazine and on TV, then do let me know. Email me for a personal appraisal of your story: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Miller’s real life story about how she is caring for her orphaned grandson appears in PICK ME UP magazine this week.
Sell your story blog readers might well recall the tragic story of Terri and Tom – they were the young couple killed a few weeks ago in a freak accident. As they walked back from dropping son Morgan at nursery, a lorry load of timber fell on top of them. Both of them died, leaving their beloved son Morgan an orphan.
Diane contacted me for advice on dealing with the media and her story was placed in The Sun newspaper. Her emotional story also made the front cover of Pick Me Up mag. Now Diane’s story, along with an update on how the family is coping now, is set to appear in a third magazine. Woman’s own magazine, which is out on Tuesday has bought the rights to print the story again. All the money earned from the features is being used to set up a Trust fund for Morgan.
Meanwhile, another Featureworld interviewee’s story – which was previously printed in the Sunday Mirror newspaper – appears this week in real life story weekly mag, WOMAN’S OWN.
Lucie Glenny’s fun story about how she bought her dream wedding for just £2,000 online using a Groupon discount voucher is retold to magazine readers.
Read Lucie’s story in the newspaper: Sunday Mirror
Selling a story in multiple deals for an interviewee is one of the main benefits of going through Featureworld rather than selling your story direct to a publication. Not only does it earn you, the interviewee more money – because you are paid each time a story is printed – but it often means just one interview and often just one photoshoot.
To find out more about selling your story in a multiple deal through Featureworld, click here: Sell My Story
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