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How do I Stay in Control of My Story?

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One of the first questions people ask us when contacting us each day is ‘how  do I stay in control of my story?’

At Talk to the Press we work hard to ensure all our clients are happy with the way their story is handled.  That’s why we give our clients full copy approval and read everything back before it goes to press.

We understand that selling a story can be a daunting experience – so we try to make it as stress-free as possible.

So when Steve Cook, 37, contacted us asking us to handle his press attention, we sent deputy editor Georgie to meet him face to face so she could run through the process of selling his story, and iron out any concerns he had.

‘The article in New magazine looks great and is very thoughtfully written’

In 2011 Steve made headlines after moving in with 45-year-old Mark Motteram – his fiancé Anne’s ex-husband – after Anne died suddenly in the later stages of pregnancy.Tragically, Anne, 40, died of a fatal heart attack whilst she was seven months pregnant with Steve’s child.

Mark had three children with Anne and supported Steve through his sudden loss. Hoping to provide a stable home for Anne’s children, the men decided to move in together to help look after Anne’s children and share the household chores. For a while, this unlikely family set up seemed to work and they were praised for their self-sacrifice and maturity in putting the children first.

But, despite their best intentions, things turned sour between the dads. Shockingly, in March 2014 Mark pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to GHB with intent. He had stabbed Steve outside the family home in November, as the children watched on in horror.

Mark’s just starting a four year stretch in prison, including the six months he’s spent on remand. After Mark was jailed, Steve was bombarded with requests to tell his side of the extraordinary story.

Overwhelmed, he contacted us and we agreed to represent him -which took the pressure off him as we contacted all the media outlets on his behalf. Steve had full autonomy over his story and where it was published. His story was subsequently published in the Sunday People and New magazine.

He said: ‘I felt comfortable with Georgie from the beginning. The articles were accurate and very thoughtfully written.  It was a unique and interesting story, but the piece was always respectful of Anne and the children.  I can’t thank Talk to the Press enough for their sensitivity and professionalism.’

If you have a story to sell to the press, let us know about it by filling out the form on the right hand side of this page.  We will not print anything until you give us express permission, but we are happy to advise you on the best course of action for your story.

To read more about how to sell a story to the press, read our Sell My Story page.  Or you can visit our Tips and Advice page, which answers lots of your frequently asked questions.

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