Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I sell my story?

We realise that selling a story isn’t for everyone. It’s an important decision and we will ensure you have plenty of time to consider it carefully. Our media consultants are there to frankly discuss any possible negative outcomes, as well as the many positives. We always advise you to talk to friends and family too.

Does my story need to be true?

Yes, we only deal with true stories. If your story involves medical notes or a court case, we might ask to see supporting documents, such as letters or cuttings from the local press. If you are interested in selling a fictional story, we recommend getting in touch with specialist publishers, to whom we can direct you.

How can I contact you?

You can call us on 0117 9076934, fill in the ‘submit story’ form on the right or email contact@medavia.co.uk.

I’m not comfortable talking on the phone yet – do you mind if we chat just over email or instant messenger for the time being?

Yes, that’s fine. Email stories@medavia.co.uk with your story, or let us know when you’re online. We can’t wait to hear from you!

What kind of stories are you interested in?

The simple answer? “Anything interesting!” To guide you, we usually find success with the following stories:

Crime

Have you been the victim of a shocking crime? Or do you know someone who has? Did your husband/ partner commit the ultimate sin? Have you been held up at gun point? Violently attacked or conned out of all your possessions? Was a loved one tragically murdered? Have you been the victim of knife crime? Have you survived a rape ordeal? Did you face your attacker in court and get him convicted? Price guide – You are likely to get between £500 – £3000 for this type of story or similar

Romance

Did you meet your partner in strange circumstances? Did you meet after a long absence? Is your partner a lot older or younger than you? Did your partner shock you with something unexpected on your anniversary? Is there another unusual twist to your relationship? Price guide – You are likely to get between £300 – £2000 for this type of story or similar

Betrayal

Has your partner betrayed you? Perhaps with a close friend? Did you plot to catch him out? Have you sought revenge from a love-rat? Did you or your partner/ husband stray? Did you somehow manage to forgive each other and now you are more in love than ever? Did you end up marrying your partner’s brother? Or did your sister steal your man? Are you still friends or has it divided your family? Price guide – You are likely to get between £400 – £1500 for this type of story or similar

Health

Have you or a family member suffered from an unusual illness or condition? Have you given birth despite the odds against you? Are you addicted to plastic surgery? Have you had a dramatic operation which has transformed your body and your life? Was it a disaster – or the best thing that’s ever happened to you? Do you have a fear or phobia of something irrational? Price guide – You are likely to get between £400 – £1200 for this type of story or similar

Weight

Have you been anorexic/bulimic? Are you overweight? Have you shed pounds? Has your eating disorder led you to find love? Did your partner try to control you with food? Did he realise how controlling he was? Did you work things out or did you leave him? Price guide – You are likely to get between £300 – £1000 for this type of story or similar

Holidays

Have you had a holiday romance? Did it lead to marriage? Have you had a holiday disaster?Price guide – You are likely to get between £300 – £800 for this type of story or similar

Weddings

Have you had an unusual wedding? Did you marry against the odds? Were you left at the altar? Or did you leave him on the big day? Was your wedding/ honeymoon a nightmare? Did something happen on your Hen that changed your life forever? Or did he overstep the mark at his Stag? Price guide – You are likely to get between £400 – £2000 for this type of story or similar

Crazy world

Of course, your story could be just simply strange! Maybe a pet that saved your life, or a strange fetish, addiction or fascination.

I’m not ready to tell my story now, but can we speak about it later?

Of course! Take your time. We can work at whatever pace you feel comfortable with.

Do you charge for your services?

No, under no circumstances. Our fees are paid directly by the media. We do not take a percentage of your fee, or charge you for our work.

What magazines / newspapers / broadcasters do you work with?

We work with Pick Me Up, Chat, Reveal, Woman, Woman’s Own, Now, Cosmopolitan, Love It, Fabulous... among many others! We also work with national newspapers including The Sun, Mirror and Daily Mail. And we have really good links with broadcasters too, particularly This Morning and Daybreak.

Can I choose which magazines my story appears in?

We think that the best approach is to pitch your story to all the magazines and newspapers. But if there is a title that you particularly like or dislike we’ll be happy to accommodate your wishes.

Do you have to use my real name?

Generally speaking, magazines prefer telling stories where the people involved in them are fully identified - named and pictured. That said, anonymity can be offered in certain circumstances. In fact, we sell strong, important and worthwhile anonymous stories every single week. We will need to talk to you about this on the phone, so just give us a call on 0117 9833730.

Do I have to be pictured?

Generally speaking, magazines prefer telling stories where the people involved in them are fully identified - named and pictured. That said, anonymity can be offered in certain circumstances. In fact, we sell strong, important and worthwhile anonymous stories every single week. We will need to talk to you about this on the phone, so just give us a call on 0117 9833730.

Will you need to contact everyone involved in the story?

It depends. In certain circumstances we might ask to approach family members or other people mentioned in the story. We would need to talk to you about it so call us on 0117 9833730.

Can you help me to promote my charity?

We’d love discuss ways we can help. If you’ve got a personal reason why you support a particular cause, telling your story can be a great publicity move.

Why should I choose you and not go directly to a magazine or newspaper?

The fact is, if you go directly to a magazine, you might not be getting the best deal. We send your story out to all the magazines and an auction takes place, which means you will probably get a higher fee. Also, at Medavia we like to make sure you are dealing with one person throughout the process of selling your story, which might not necessarily be the case if you go directly to a magazine.

When will my story be told?

Usually, once we have sent your story to the publisher (at the end of step 4) the story will be told within a few months. If you would rather your story was not told before a certain date, then we can advise editors of this. We act in your best interests, always.

What if my story doesn’t sell?

We’ll use all our experience and contacts to give your story the best chance of selling. But not all stories sell. The good news is that you’ve got nothing to lose if it doesn’t. Your media consultant will stay in close contact with you and will always be just a phone call away. We will keep your contact details safe here and not pass them on to anyone, unless you want us to of course.

Does it matter if I’ve already sold my story before?

No, we can talk about approaching different magazines and newspapers to sell your story for you again. But do please tell us where it’s been published.

Who will write my story?

You’ll work closely with one our experienced writers who’ll take you through the whole process. Once written, your writer will read back the article to you.

I want to read the article before it’s published. Can I do that?

We want you to be 100 percent happy with the final article so after writing it we can read it back to you over the phone. We can do this as many times as you like. If you’re not happy with something we’ll change it.

Will I be able to change my mind?

Yes, there is no commitment from you until you sign a magazine/newspaper contract. By then you’ll know what your story is worth.

How much is my story worth?

This depends on the story. Should a story be published, it is likely to be worth between £200 and £2,000. But if the story is strong enough, the sky’s the limit! We’ve sold stories for our clients for more than £20,000.

Is this a genuine offer?

Absolutely. Everyone who’s had their story told in the national media has gone through this process, or one very similar to it. Over the past decade we’ve been operating, we’ve built an amazing reputation within the UK press, and nurtured unique relationships with countless happy clients. We understand that it might sound a bit “too good to be true”! Just give us a ring on 0117 9833730. We’d be delighted to answer your questions.

Can I be paid upfront for my story?

In most cases, payment is made following publication. But, in exceptional circumstances, we may be able to arrange for payment to be made earlier.

When and how will I be paid?

Normally you’ll receive payment no later than the date six weeks following publication. So if for example your story was published on New Year’s Day, you’ll have the money by Valentine’s Day. You can choose be paid either by cheque or direct bank transfer - whichever option’s easiest for you.

Do you take a cut from my fee?

Nope - all our fees are paid for by the media. We’re paid for gathering and writing your story and, because our role in the process is very different to yours, we are paid separately. We promise not to take a penny from your fee.

I have a friend who I know has a story. Will you pay me for putting them in touch with you?

Wow! Great! We’re always on the lookout for people who have a story. If you put us in touch with someone, and their story is published, we can pay you a generous “finder’s fee”!

I have a question that’s not on here!

You’re more than welcome to give us a call on 0117 9833 730.