Helen O'Brien at Sell My Story
Features editor Helen negotiates all our story sales

There’s no need to be shy about asking how much your story is worth. The fact is, the press do pay for stories and it’s only fair you get the best possible price for selling your story to the media. We don’t care what you spend the money on – that’s entirely up to you!

Exactly how much money your story is worth will depend on a number of factors. This includes how long ago your story happened, what photographs you can provide, and what your story is about. Catching an editor’s attention at the right moment is really important too – one day they might pay hundreds of pounds for a story, when the day before it wouldn’t have been topical for them.

As a rough guide, smaller stories covering just one page, or even part of a page, in a magazine or paper will be worth up to a few hundred pounds.

A larger story in a magazine or newspaper, where the story is particularly shocking or unusual, can be worth between £300 and £1,000.

A big story connected with a current event, celebrity or high profile court case can be worth from £1,000 up to around £10,000.

An appearance on a television show will usually earn you £100 to £300, plus all your travel expenses.

We’ve put together a story pricing guide to give you a clearer picture too.

The only way to be sure you’re being paid the best price is to talk to all the editors and find out what your story will be worth to them. That’s not an easy thing to do, so we’re on hand to help.

We’ve got great contacts at all the national publications, and we can approach them on your behalf to find out who can pay you the best possible fee. We’ll present your story to them in a tried and tested way that will be sure to catch their attention. Trust us, we’ve been doing this for a decade! And even better, if you like we can negotiate for your story to be told by several different publications so your payment for sharing your story soon mounts up.

Have a chat with us about your story idea, and we’ll give you an honest no-obligation valuation for what we think the media will pay for your story. You can find all our contact details on our contact us page, or just fill in the form on the right and one of our team will be in touch.

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