Many thanks for using SellusYourStory.com, by submitting your story to us you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in this document.
If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 9066 500.
What happens next, once you send us your story (or other content):
Please Note: Your safety, and the safety of those around you, is important – you must not put yourself, or anyone else, at risk by sending a story or photo to us.
You’ve sent out my story – where will it be printed?
Some of our stories are sent out as an exclusive – they go to just one publication. In these cases we know the publication where it will appear and exactly how much you will be getting. Some of our stories go out on the news wire** to many publications all at once, and while they can appear online almost immediately, we never know about use in print until the paper is actually published.
If your story has been sent out via the newswire, our accounts team will collect payment from each publication and you’ll be paid in one lump sum. If the story is an exclusive, you’ll get paid either directly by the publication, or via us (depending on how the individual publisher operates). Publisher’s payment terms vary from publishing house to publishing house, but generally payments are processed eight to ten weeks after publication.
Please note that you will only be paid for national press showings. Most local newspapers have arrangements to use local content for free from the SWNS newswire (this helps to raise awareness of SWNS stories and helps to support local news outlets). We also share our pictures or video via some of our company websites: http://SWNS.com http://YouTube.com/swns http://images.swns.com http://sellusyourstory.com or http://www.liveleak.com/c/SWNS_TV
I’ve seen my picture bylined to a different agency, have they stolen it?
Sell Your Story* is part of a larger company (SWNS) which runs a number of different agencies in different parts of the UK. The UK agencies we run include Masons News Service, Ross Parry Agency, News Team International, Centre Press, Northscot and Capital Press. Our foreign agents include Abaca press, Scanpix, Action Press, Splash News and Northfoto.
With the emergence of online publications and social media, sometimes content and pictures does get stolen or misused; if you’re unsure, just let us know and we’ll do our best to recover fees or issue a cease and desist notice.
When will I get paid and how much will it be?
We can’t provide an exact price until we’ve sent your story idea around to the editors to see what they think – be suspicious of anyone who says they can.
As an estimate, you can expect to receive anything from £100 for volunteering as a case study, £200 from an interesting or unusual story, £500 for an interesting or unusual story that is rare or related to current news agenda, £1,000 to £5,000 for an extreme or sensitive story, and up to £10,000 for an extreme, sensitive, rare or unusual story involving a celebrity or public figure. See our What Payment Can I Expect? page to find out more.
This is a guideline only. Each story is judged on its own merits.
We can’t offer any guarantee as to how long your payment will take as we are often in the hands of the individual publishers (some pay instantly and some pay 10 weeks post publication), but we aim to have 95% of all payments completed within six weeks.
I’ve been contacted by a journalist from another agency what should I do?
We would ask that you direct any queries to ourselves, partly to limit the number of enquiries you have to deal with, and partly so we can help protect your best interests. If your story is being represented by more than one agency it may result in a delayed payment. In the worst case it may mean we are unable to make a payment at all. Publications insist on exclusivity, so counter-intuitively, the more people touting your story around, the more it will drive the price down rather than up.
I’ve seen my story or picture on dozens of websites – did they all get the story from SellusYourStory.com?
We work with all the major news websites and often have negotiated agreed fees so we can guarantee payment from them. However, it is fair to say that the internet is a bit like the wild west when it comes to copyright. There are many websites which lift pictures, video or stories from the major news publishers with no regard to copyright. These include ‘onlinenigeria.com’ and ‘ghananation.com’. We have previously worked to stop this abuse of IP but this is not possible in all cases. Please be assured we will seek payment for your pictures or video wherever we can.
Can you send me a breakdown of all the sales and a copy of the invoices?
Currently we do not have the facility to offer a breakdown on all sales but we are working to achieve this in the future. We can email you details of any major sales when we process your payment. We manage and bill for hundreds of stories, pictures and videos every day on a number of different systems – as dictated by the publishers we work for. Because of the time involved in collating the data and in order to protect the confidentiality of others we make a firm rule that we don’t send out copies of our invoices.
I’d like to contribute more stories to SellusYourStory.com, is that possible?
Yes, we are very grateful for the hard work of all of our contributors. We are always looking for interesting stories, pictures and video and will give an honest opinion on anything you send in. Our primary market is the main UK news publishers – the Sun, Daily Mail, Telegraph etc, as well as the weekly women’s magazine market, so we are after the type of stories and pictures that they print.
*SellusYourStory.com is part of SWNS – a Limited Company with it’s head office at Media Centre, Emma Chris Way, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7JU
**Our news wire is a photo, video and copy feed supplied to all the major news publishers in the UK including but not limited to, websites, newspapers and magazines. The feed is also represented in different countries by different agents. The pictures are transmitted by a variety of means including FTP, email and via a secure online photo library. We reserve the right to distribute and promote the pictures as we see fit.
*** An exclusive story is one that has been sold exclusively to just one publication, rather than a number of publications. Once your story has appeared exclusively it is possible to sell it on a ‘second rights basis’ or send it out to every publication via the newswire.
Many thanks for agreeing to work with SWNS. To contact us, visit: Contact SellUsYourStory.com
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