Press on doorstep
One moment you’re leading your everyday life as normal. The next, you’ve woken up to find press camped outside. That is where we come in.
Over the years, we have met many people who have unexpectedly, and often though the most tragic of circumstances, woken up one morning to find themselves with the press on their doorstep. Press on doorstep is a bewildering experience and it’s almost impossible to know how to deal with the constant knocks on the door, the endless ringing of the telephone and the confusing talk of contracts, money, and exclusive interviews.
If you do not want to sell your story, the best thing to do is turn your phone off, go away for a couple of days, and say politely to any journalist who does manage to get hold of you that you simply do not wish to comment. Although it seems hard to believe at the time, the press on doorstep will die away if you refuse to cooperate.
However, if you do want to talk to the press, perhaps to set the record straight, it’s likely you’ll need professional guidance. We can negotiate with the media on your behalf, help you understand your contracts, organize your interviews and ensure you get paid the best possible rates for selling your story. We act as your media agent and publicist, guiding you through the entire process of selling a story to the press.
Even if you’ve already been approached by magazines or newspapers to sell your story, it’s not too late for us to step in and give you independent advice. It’s not worth signing the first contract that is thrust into your hands as you’re unlikely to get the best deal. We can represent you and help you decide the best way forward. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or filling out the sell my story form to your right.
Press on doorstep – what our clients say about us
With 20 press outside the door, the phone ringing off the hook and no idea how to handle the media frenzy, it is comforting knowing that Natasha and her team at Talk to the Press are there to handle the media in a professional and courteous manner. When the ‘Super-Gran’ story became an overnight international headline, Natasha gathered the facts, worked with the news industry and made sure the story retained the integrity it deserved. Thank-you for making this a positive experience.’ Andre Dash, son of ‘Supergran’ Ann Timson who became an overnight heroine and found herself with media camped on her doorstep after beating away a group of would-be jewelry thieves with her handbag.
‘Talk to the Press faciliated me in getting a fee for my story and for letting me say my side of events I would like to thank Talk to the Press for their understanding and the service they have given me, always ready to help and guide me. Once again thank you.’ Arfan Haque, who was besieged by media after his father’s brutal murder in front of his three year old daughter.
‘I was overwhelmed by the media interest at first, but Talk to the Press were amazing. They really looked after us all and ensured we knew what was going on at all times. They were always available at the end of the phone if we had any questions at all. They secured the best people for us to talk to tell our story and arranged newspaper and magazine interviews, and also a slot on This Morning, and NBC news in New York, and we’ve since done a documentary in both the UK and Japan. It is wonderful to know that Talk to the Press is still working for us and trying to secure other deals. I cannot thank Talk to the Press enough for all their help.’ Laura Buckingham, one of the victims of conman Simon Reid.
‘Marianne and I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the help you have given us. With reporters knocking on our door, we were massively outside of our comfort zone, but have been delighted with the way you and Katie have handled the whole thing. It is so re-assuring to know that there are people out there who are able to take all of the pressure and stress away and deal with these things in an extremely respectful manner. We would have no hesitation in contacting you again personally or recommending your services to friends.’ Gary and Marianne Wilkins, who found themselves making headlines when Marianne’s former husband faked a cancer diagnosis.
‘When I first met Talk to the Press, my phone was ringing constantly and I had scores of journalists on my doorstep. If it wasn’t for Talk to the Press I don’t know how I would have coped with all the attention. Pauline Pearce, aka the ‘Hackney Heroine’ who stood up to rioters in London.