How to Get Paid for a Weight Loss Success Story

The more unique and inspiring your story is, the easier it will be to sell.
The more unique and inspiring your story is, the easier it will be to sell. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Losing weight is a huge achievement. It involves a large amount of motivation and perseverance, and depending on how much you lose, it can take years. It’s also a very inspiring achievement. People enjoy reading real-life stories about how other people managed to lose weight, what foods they ate, what exercise they did. There is a large segment of the weight-loss market dedicated to printing inspiring weight loss stories, so if your story is good you can profit from your achievement easily.

Make notes about your weight loss journey. Include statistics, such as your starting weight, your height and the measurements. Write about what made you realize you needed to lose weight: If this was triggered by a photograph, include the photo.

Make sample meal and exercise plan, and explain how fast you saw results.

Read through your notes and add additional details where necessary. Remember that to sell, your story needs to be exciting enough to read, and inspiring to other people hoping to lose weight. Include additional details, such as whether you tried any ‘diets, and how they worked.

Produce a short summary of your story to give to editors. This should be a brief outline, which the editor will use to decide whether they want to publish your story. Spend time making sure this reads well, with correct spelling and grammar, as first impressions are important in writing.

Submit the stories to online editors. You can use companies such as Talk To The Press, who work as a middle man and distribute your story to certain publications on your behalf, for a small fee -- or you can submit your story yourself. Large publications such as Weight Watchers usually have an online contact form which you can use to contact the editors with your idea.

Contact local media. Your local newspaper, any weight loss groups and TV stations. Media in your local area may be running a health campaign, and want to highlight the achievements of a local person.

Discuss payment. Some websites will clearly display how much they will pay per article, either as a set figure or as a price per word. If you use an agency, make sure you understand how much the agency will take, and how much you will be left with.

Read through important documentation provided by publications. Some publications will want rights to your story, which means you cannot publish it elsewhere, and some may reserve the right to edit the story as they see fit. Make sure you read through all of the terms and understand them, so you know exactly where you stand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your local TV station websites regularly. You may find that they welcome submissions from people who have lost weight for various reality shows.

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