I have sensitive information to disclose. What protection do I have?
If your story is particularly delicate we can arrange a contract – signed by us both – which guarantees whatever you tell us cannot be published until you have signed over your approval. This is known as a ‘holding contract’ and is commonplace in the newspaper industry. Therefore, you can disclose details to us safe in the knowledge that if you don’t find a suitable deal, it will go no further.
Good question. The simple answer is that you’ll make more money with us. By going it alone, you risk losing out on the best offer. This is because newspapers and magazines don’t put your financial interests first – they simply want the story to themselves and hope you will accept their first offer. But our team will shop around on your behalf and auction your story to the highest bidder. We can also place your story with more than one publication and add TV deals if you want – maximising you cash.
The contract will either be between you and us (SellUsYourStory.com) or you and the publication which takes your story. It depends on the circumstances and this will be explained to you at the time. The contract does not commit you to going through with having your story published. It commits the magazine to paying you when they use the story, and also carries an agreement that you will not speak to any other publications until your story has gone to print.
Generally, anyone is entitled to sell their story. However, in some situations there are strict rules by which we must abide. The rules are outlined in the Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice, which can be viewed at www.pcc.org.uk
In most cases the person featuring in the story would be required to be named and pictured. The story market is so competitive that newspapers and magazines are not really interested in stories without names and pictures. However there are a few occasions where it is possible to remain anonymous. You can remain anonymous if you are tipping us off to a breaking news story, or if there are legal reasons why you cannot be named. Read more about situations where you are able to sell a story and remain anonymous [click here].