Your story: the details

  1. Does most or part of your story connect with expertise you’ve acquired through work, education, or life experience?
     

  2. Is there an emotional component to your story that you’re willing to share with readers?
     

  3. Can you name names, cite dates, and describe places connected with your story?
     

  4. Is the story connected with anyone famous or a published news story?
     

  5. Do you know other people who can provide facts or background for your story?
     

  6. Do you feel, overall, that regardless of set-backs and obstacles you faced, your story ends on a positive note?
     

  7. Are you available at various times to be interviewed?

I'm looking for a true story that will resonate with readers in a book or a widely published magazine article. If you're thinking your story may be right for this project, please answer yes or no to the following questions:

Answer Key

If you answered "yes" to at least three out of questions 1 - 5, and yes to both questions 6 and 7, your story may be right for this project. If so, please go on to the Next Steps.

Next steps

If you think you’re the right person for this project, please email a brief description of yourself and your story. I promise to get back to you but can only work on projects that suit my topic areas. --Elizabeth Rains

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