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Best way to deal with the press

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Whether you have the press on your doorstep, calling your home, or sending you messages – we’re here to tell you the best way to deal with the press.

If the press are trying to contact you, chances are, you’re involved in a story that people are interested in. It may be something that has just happened to you, and now you’ve found yourself in the middle of a media storm. 

First of all, stay in control.

You may actually want to share your story, give your side of events, or help those in a similar situation. But, without careful management, your story could end up being mis-told or taken out of context.

How to stay in control of your story

The best thing you can do is appoint a single press agency to handle your story (such as Talk to the Press!). Most of them don’t charge and will handle all press attention for you. Whats more, you will get the best fee for telling your story.

The number one rule to stay in control is, only share your information with one person or agency. There are good and bad agencies out there, so pick one you trust. 

Once you’ve picked an agency, the rest is simple. Here’s the three steps to giving your side of the story:

How to sell your story (and stay in control)

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to sell my story to a magazine or newspaper:

  1. Send us a short summary of your story

    Use the story valuation form on this page to tell us the main points of your story (or you can call us).

  2. We’ll get straight back to you

    One of our friendly, trained writers will contact you if your story looks suitable for the top magazines and newspaper titles we write for.

  3. Publish your story and get paid

    Once you’re happy to go ahead, our team will chat through your story with you and turn it into an article you’ll be proud of. We’ll get it published and you’ll get paid.

Best way to deal with the press – a recent example

Mandy Allwood, 53 from Stratford-upon-Avon Coventry. The ‘octo-mum’ who became world famous after miscarrying octuplets has revealed how she got through the ordeal – thanks to secret meetings with Princess Diana. 

When Mandy, 53, fell pregnant with eight children aged 31 in 1996 she became world famous.

She was devastated when she gave birth early at 24 weeks and all her precious babies passed away.

Mandy was inundated by media requests at the time and knows how hard it is when the press is at your door. Mandy decided to stay in control and call the shots when it came to sharing her story.

When she decided it was time to tell everyone what helped her through her bereavement, she got in touch with Talk to the Press. We helped her stay in control and share her story in her words.

She spoke to our trained Talk to the Press reporter Jack about her story, Mandy revealed how secret meetings with Princess Diana helped her through her loss.

We interviewed her on the phone and visited her at home to do a photo shoot. All done at a time that suited Mandy.

When Mandy was ready, we placed her story exclusively with The Star on Sunday. The paper bid for the rights to tell Mandy’s story.

Sell your story in your own words | The best way to deal with the press

Mandy was delighted with the story. She was happy Jack had taken the time to listen and address all her concerns.

We can help you share your tragic story, when the time is right for you.

Our trained writers can talk you through the entire process. We’ll answer any questions or concerns.

Talk to the Press is part of the UK’s largest independent press agency. With over 50 years experience, we are really well placed to share your story with the right people.

We work with all the national newspapers, magazines, major websites and TV programmes. Therefore, we can help you pick and choose what is right for you.

Give us a call or fill in the form on this page and we can help you decide if you want to share your story.

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