There seems to be a sudden flurry of interest in true life magazines.
Tomorrow night it’s Channel 4’s Cutting Edge programme, My Daughter Grew Another Head and Other True Life Stories.
Last night (Tuesday 2 March) BBC1 showed Secrets For Sale, a fly-on-the-wall look at how the workings of the Real People magazine.
It featured everyday tales of British folk: Beryl is blinded by a sausage, Maureen is paralysed by a worm and Sarah’s orgasm made her brain explode.
Timed as it was, just two days before Channel 4’s offering, it had the feel of what’s known in the trade as a spoiler – stealing somebody else’s thunder.
Nonetheless it got close up and personal with editor Samm Taylor and her team, as they teased “the truth” from their subjects and agonised over the cover lines that would stand them out from a dozen other mags on the newsagent’s rack.
If you watched the programme and thought: “How can I sell my story?” then email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 0161 660 9404.