Sell Your Story
If you are at the stage, or still thinking about either commissioning me to carry out some work for you or would like to share your story within the media, let me explain how it works.
First of all, if it’s a story you would like to share within the media, the process can feel daunting, especially if you have never dealt with a journalist of publication before.
But, if you deal with the right person, then it doesn’t have to be a worrying or scary experience. I pride myself on being sensitive and empathetic. I want you to feel at ease from the very moment you get in touch. I will gently guide you through the process, explaining exactly how the process works and ensure we only do what feels right for you.
To find out more about what it’s like to work with me you can read testimonials from people whose stories I’ve told or read on to find out more about the process.
So first of all, let’s have a chat or a conversation via email or even whatsapp if that works for you. You tell me, and I’ll fit in. I’m more than happy to call you at a time convenient for yourself to talk through what it is you would like to have highlighted in the media.
Placing Your Story
Once we have fully discussed how the process works and you have asked me as many questions as you need, I will then write a synopsis and send this to the most suitable magazines, newspaper or TV news desks.
Do You Get Paid?
Absolutely you do! At the time of pitching your story, I will also negotiate a fee for you. Once this has been confirmed, I will send you a contract confirming the payment, so you have a written copy of what has been agreed.
Compiling Your Story
After our initial chat, we will most likely need to talk again, so I can establish all the details of your story and ask the questions that will give me the information I need to produce a full article. Once, it’s written, I will carry out a full read back, to ensure everything I have written is correct and you are happy with it. At this stage, you can also make any amendments. Like you, I don’t want there to be any mistakes in your piece.
When will you get paid?
Once your story has been published, your fee will be sent via BACS transfer or cheque.
My promise to you
I will be by your side, guiding you through the process from the moment you get in touch. I will ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible and you feel in control the whole way. I am always available to talk to and no question is too daft. My job is to make this whole process as simple and pain free as possible.
Testimonials from people I’ve written about
From Sarah Firth, after I wrote a series of articles about her daughter’s life-debilitating condition:
I have known Michelle for many years. She has supported me and my daughter through a really hard time.
My daughter had an illness that leaves her paralyzed for long periods of time. Thanks to Michelle, who was the first to acknowledge, help and support us. we got support and help from many other people once Michelle has done an excellent job of getting the realisations and the extent of Mia’s illness across to many people, opening the doors which led to support, help and fund raising not just for Mia but also for Mia to help others.
I don’t think we would be where we are today, if Michelle hadn’t contacted me, and offered me her shoulder, a coffee, lots of support and a friend for life.
Best wishes. And thank you always Sarah xx
The lovely Michelle Rawlins helped us with 2 amazing stories after the loss of our daughter Lillie Grace.
She helped us by raising much needed awareness of baby loss and also about the nonprofit organisation that we set up in our daughters memory called Dresses For Angel’s that helps other families who may sadly also loose a baby.
We are so grateful to Michelle. She was so friendly, professional and nothing is too much trouble. A really lovely lady x
Stories I wrote with Pam and her family:
We can’t thank you enough for how much you have helped our family, especially Becca. We had the huge task of raising £80,000 for her to have life changing surgery in America and you came in to our lives and were so sympathetic and understanding of the position we were in and it was clear that you genuinely wanted to help. Getting Becca’s story into The Sunday Mirror was huge and raised the awareness for us to find the fundraising much easier, in fact we raised the money in only six months!
Over the last few years we have been able to share Becca’s achievements with you and the public, notably surfing for the first time in August! Every time you have written her stories you have done so with compassion and we know you are also very proud of her too.
We would prefer to call you a friend x
I first met Michelle about 7 years ago whom I was recommended by a friend. I couldn’t have wished for a better Journalist to support us. She was absolutely amazing, she listened, was very empathetic & then became a friend. She organised so much for us from exclusives with well known papers to magazines which enabled us to tell everyone what happened to our son & how much he’d been neglected.
I have since recommended Michelle to several people & will continue to do so.
Thank you so much for everything Michelle you’ve been fantastic. The Adcock’s
Ruth Brookfield’s article on the exposure of her paedophile father: Sisters raped by paedophile dad warn of ‘dementia defence’ loophole in echo of Lord Janner case
I first met Michelle in 2014/2015 after the trial of my father on rape cases relating to me.
We were introduced by a friend of mine who had been sitting in on the court case and recommended i speak to her in order to get my story out into the world.
Michelle visited me at home twice, where I was more at ease and she could listen to all I had to say about the history leading to the case and the trauma I had been through. After checking with the legal teams from both sides, she then went on to write a story for the newspapers, which was front page and double spread in The Sunday People the next day. Take A Break magazine also picked up and used Michelle’s story and relayed it to their readers too.
I can honestly say, that telling Michelle all about the horrific family secret and getting it out to the outside world and feeling as if justice at last had been served was a massive weight from my shoulders and knowing that Michelle absolutely believed me from the first conversation, made me feel like trusting her with all the details that normally i would have held back.
Best wishes to you Michelle in all that you do.
Michelle gave me a voice. I went through the traumatic ordeal of rape and I needed to tell my story in a bid to help others who were going through a similar situation.
Michelle came to my home and made me feel like I was just chatting to a friend. Such a kind and calm atmosphere she instantly provided from the moment she walked through my door.
The piece was written so eloquently and sensitively. In the wake of this, victims have come forward in hope to reach out to me which has therefore helped them on their healing journey.
If this wasn’t enough, Michelle didn’t just drop me once the piece was printed. She stayed in touch and ultimately became a friend of mine who has gone on the give other victims I’ve been supporting a voice.
Going through such a taboo trauma, it’s easy to clam up and not speak of it.. but Michelle heard me and gave me the confidence to never go quiet in the night… thank you Michelle! You could never understand what a positive impact you’ve had to my life.
Clare Blacklock, on a piece I wrote for in Bella Magazine about her battle with eating disorders:
Michelle wrote an article about me when I was having my second child. From the first moment I spoke to her she was professional and treated my story with respect and empathy.
During the time I worked with Michelle as she did the article on pregnancy in anorexia she met my family and at the time I couldn’t fault her throughout the full process. Michelle helped me tell my story and wrote an amazing piece in the end.
Having the writing skills to write the articles Michelle does is one thing, having the skills to tell personal and fragile life issues with the upmost respect and dignity is another. Michelle has both! I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.
From Melody Berry, after I wrote her piece for Best magazine about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather:
I was interviewed by Michelle following a criminal court case where I testified against my own stepfather as a paedophile.
Michelle was sensitive to the trauma involved for myself and other victims. She dealt with the story factually and showing the positive outcomes than can be achieved from revealing the Truth after a lifetime of secrets.
Thank you Michelle for your compassionate and sensitive handling of our life story.