At Talk to the Press we work alongside all of the national papers and women’s magazines including the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday. If you would like to sell a story to the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday, we can help you – and our service is completely free for you to use.
Every time someone contacts us with their story, we have a chat and think about which paper their story suits best.
Some stories are clearly ‘Daily Mail types’ – this means they’re more suited for The Mail than The Sun or The Mirror. The Daily Mail have a very specific readership and will only take stories from people who their readers can relate to or have similar life circumstances.
Generally, the case study will be female, 30+ and with a professional job. They don’t tend to take stories from people aged under 30 as their readership would not be able to relate to them (obviously that’s not always the case and we’re always happy to look at any story). In contrast, The Sun would prefer case studies aged 18-50, female and in more working class professions.
Sometimes people contact us with a particular paper or magazine in mind they want to do. Although we’ll try our best to meet your expectations we’ll also be honest with you.
If we feel your story isn’t right for a certain publication we’ll tell you and find a way to make it work for another. Sometimes when people pitch their stories directly they get told they don’t have a story – most of the time they do have a story – they just haven’t pitched it to the right department or the right publication.
Once we’ve established which publication your story suits will ask you to email us all the relevant documents and pictures to support our story. Then, we’ll do a 20 minute interview to get basic facts of the story so we can write a synopsis. The synopsis is a summary of your story and won’t be more than 250 words in bullet points.
If the commissioning editor is interested they’ll raise it in conference and if their editor goes for it it will be commissioned.
Once it’s commissioned we will negotiate a fee for you. The fee will depend for how big the story appears in the paper – ie if it’s a page lead or a spread.
We’ll then set up a photoshoot and do a proper sit down interview. After, we’ll read the article to you to make sure you’re happy before it goes to print (it’s your opportunity to make any changes etc). You don’t always get a full read-back if you go directly to a newspaper, which is why it’s best to use an intermediary like Talk to the Press. Again, if there’s any inaccurate or anything you’d like changed, we can do it at this stage.
If you would like to find out more information just complete the story valuation form on this page (you can just supply a few of the main points of your story and one of our team will get back to you with an estimate for your story), or call our features team on 0207 549 5406.
Please do not send your story anywhere else in the mean time as we work on an exclusive basis with all our contacts. If you do, it may jeopardise the fee that your story could achieve as newspapers will not pay the maximum amount if your story has been sent elsewhere (in case rival publications print your story without permission).
Talk to the Press are here to help you navigate the national media, and ensure you are paid the full amount possible for your story. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.
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