Autobiography: How to Pitch And Sell A Movie Or Book Based On Your Life Story

how to sell life story rights to your autobiography

There are ways to get a movie made or book published about your autobiography. However, it’s an uphill battle. Let me share some tactics you can use when pitching your autobiography or memoir.

A difficult aspect of selling your autobiography is that you can lose perspective. When people accept or reject aspects of your autobiography, it’s easy to take it personally.

Therefore, to have the best chance to get your autobiography published or produced, you need to be able to see the pluses and minuses of the project in a more objective way.

What If Someone Else Was Pitching Your Autobiography?

Imagine how someone you don’t know would pitch your autobiography.

  • How would they start?
  • What elements would they highlight?
  • What would they leave out?
  • How would they describe YOU?

Most decision-makers are suspicious of people who are pitching autobiographical projects. This is because there are a lot of people people who believe “my life should be a movie/book,” when their life isn’t the kind of story that would interest a large audience.

One of the best ways to sell your autobiography is to partner with someone known for working with biographical material, and let them pitch it. That provides a crucial ingredient to getting a decision-maker interested: third-party validation.

Accumulate Third-party Validation

The single best thing you can do to make a decision-maker see the value of your autobiography is to convince other decision-makers that it is valuable.

For example:

  • Get a story about you written in the local paper.
  • Get a national magazine to feature you.
  • Attach a producer who specializes in biography.
  • Attach a star to the project who wants to play “you.”

What Is The ‘Movie Story’ Version Of Your Autobiography?

Thinking about what your autobiography would look like as a movie can help you clarify the most compelling aspects of the project. This will help you to pitch it effectively (whether you want it to be a movie or not).

Movies need to have a simple, clear story that maximizes visual interest. This often requires making significant adjustments to the actual events of your life. That’s why real lives and movie versions often differ (more on this here and here).

If your story was going to be a movie, how would you have to shape or adjust your story to fit the medium?

See Your Autobiography From The Decision-Maker’s POV

Lucky Man book coverAutobiographies, whether a book like Lucky Man (by and about Michael J. Fox), a movie like 8 Mile (about and starring Eminem), or a TV show like Louie (by, about, and starring Louis C.K.) have lots of potential to make money.

However, decision-makers such as agents, executives, and publishers typically do not want to invest in an autobiography unless it meets at least one of two standards:

  1. It must be incredible, timely, and relevant.
  2. It must already be successful in some other medium.

Incredible, Timely, And Relevant

You may have an unusual, amazing life story. But if it is not also timely and relevant to what’s happening in our culture, decision-makers are unlikely to want to invest.

To develop a more compelling pitch for your project:

  • Identify famous historical analogues to your story.
  • Link your story to trends in contemporary culture.
  • Reference current news stories on the same topic.

Here are two autobiographies that are in development. I’ve chosen them because neither author is a celebrity though both have extraordinary stories.

American Sniper bookScreen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.05.17 AMSomething to notice about these two examples—neither was sold immediately as a movie. American Sniper was a successful book first, and Saroo Brierly’s story received significant international press coverage, then was sold as a book to Penguin and as a movie to See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech).

This demonstrates one of the key ingredients of selling your autobiography: proving that it has been successful in another medium.

Already Successful In Another Medium

Pam Grier bookIf you are a celebrity, this is a form of success in another medium. Being a famous actor, businessperson, or other “star” is one kind of evidence that there may be a market for material about YOU.

So, for example, an autobiography in development is:

However, if you’re not a celebrity, there are other ways to prove that your story is worth telling. Here are some things I have seen people do that helped them to sell an autobiographical project:

  • Getting national press
  • Performing a financially successful one-person show
  • Distributing a short film on YouTube which goes viral
  • Creating a popular blog about your life
  • Publishing articles that leverage your experience
  • Becoming a public speaker

How To Use Your Personal Story

This may surprise you, but if you’re pitching an autobiography, this is what you should do:

If possible, pitch the project without referencing yourself at all.

Prove that the story stands on its own. Then, if you get sufficient interest from the decision-maker and you get asked how you came up with the idea, with humility and brevity you can describe the part of your own life that gave rise to the project.

This strategy is more effective than leading with your connection to the material because:

  1. You demonstrate professionalism by showing that the story comes first.
  2. Your personal connection adds credibility to the material.
  3. Your personal experience acts as a “button” to an already strong pitch.

Do you have a favorite autobiographical project? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. HI. I don’t really know where to start…there’s a lot of inspirational stories presented here and that deserve recognition…my story is a bit different because it’s not just about what I’ve experience but multiple people I know. it surrounds the people that live in poverty and what we’re made to do in life to survive.. I grew up in a small town called aransas pass in texas. I was brought up in a worn down trailer with three brothers and one sister, growing up my parents didn’t have a lot of money, so we were all home schooled and sheltered, it was hard to get by, at times we didn’t have electricity nor food to get out of the month..my father worked hard for 44 years at the same job, it took a toll on him, and he took it out on all of us, there was a lot of abuse, my older brother grew to resent my father because of it, when he was 15 he started to escape and got into drugs and alcohol, multiple times in trouble with the law, my other lost his sanity and was in and out of mental institutions, it was too much for my oldest brother who ran away when he was 18, which I couldn’t have blamed him. me, well I followed in the footsteps of my older brother and started getting into the drugs, the friends, the parties and from time to time, run in with the law. it went like that for years and years…my brother introduced me to this guy we called “noodles” little did I know this person was to become my best friend, almost like a brother…we were crazy and had a lot of adventures, not the good kind..we put ourselves in situations where I’m grateful to be alive, I would put it in detail, but it’s just too much to write..in 2012 “noodles” passed away due to suicide, well that’s what the cops proclaimed, it was obvious he was murdered because there was more than one gun shot behind him on the wall. it never reached the news and he never got the justice he was deserved, because he was of lower class society…this why I’m writing this and hopefully get it into a film, because people like us have been forgotten, nobody cares to hear our story and what we go through on a regular day basis, so many good people that have passed and never got the recognition they deserve..so many stories out there that needs attention that’s just floating around somewhere….pleas read with understanding of the desperation I have writing this…take it in consideration is all I ask,,,I have so much more to tell…thank you for taking the time for reading this whoever you may be….

  2. I live in costa rica ive been on the run since 2001 and I have the most interesting stories that u might not believe them but I have witnesses u will make millions if u write it

  3. Hi- Got real interesting stories about ma real life- could be based on true story comedies- Consider this guy who beat odds(including playin truant) to return grades that took him to big colleges- But this is Africa where colleges are few and scholarships are frozen all around him coz of his past- Goes to the US but cant get scholarship to complete study-Tries many things in the states odd jobs even stand up comedy- A fun lover who night life returns to kenya without saving or graduating college to face all sorts of disrespect where stereotypes are that america should make you rich and no one even returns – The reality is in america you are afraid of returning because all expect you to have it all-But there those in africa who embraced local economies and actually based on african values are doing better- No one wants to employ you – unless you set up your own business which could take time . This guy even discovers he made an american girl pregnant with twin boys who were probably adopted- really concerned -tries to draw contact online with the baby mama because he is really concerned about everything now- To raise hype and respect he comes up with a plan and starts talking running for president with novel ideas on uneployment- Claiming that with his american experience(everyone believes he didnt accomplish anything there though- he can come up with projects of enjoying life off employment which would lure the employed to take vacations in them so that the qualified unemployed could get some playing time- He causes a stir -he is harassed here and there. There may even be attempts on him like is usual in africa when you are not known and you say something big-it may not even be the government itself just silly individuals who hate new ideas from dudes they thought should never say a thing-He is not able to run for president but believes this is enough hype to run for a lifetime-and gets energy to keep trying starting setting up his own marketing ventures-He believes because american baby mama refused to contact while he could have helped – his conscience is clean – And face it drawing attention talking running for president in a place like kenya where american presence is huge is enough hype that should spill to his biological kids – In the meantime he hopes to make enough money in africa bridge credits online get a masters in marketing and visit America to graduate- tO HIM aMERICA would be the FORGOTTEN LINES! where He would have a lot to do- Belives HE COULD DO THIS BY 2018- In the meantime hard life goes on in a modern African economy- Where anyone who could hire him believes that to return to Africa without doing much there should be condemned- but he reminds them-You know am the dude that talked running for president only recently-gimmie a break- That is part of my real life story – get me a comedian who would be interested especially when Peter Ed looks like he was trying to take his boy(at least one of his 2 boys) to the top by returning to africa against all odds and raising hype-
    Thats only in brief its more awesome than that-

  4. PROMISE SOME ONE WANTS TO BE A PART OF THIS. 2054719682 IT’S ALREADY HUGE AND IT WILL BE THE GREATEST DOCUMENTARY IN A LONG LONG TIME. I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO CALL ME BACK UNLESS THEY HAVE THE CREDENTIALS. I AM SO SERIOUS THIS TIME ABOUT SHARING MY LIFE EVEN SPIELBERG WANTS TO HEAR ME

  5. Hello ,my story is as true as I write to u today ,I was born in Philadelphia pa ,I was abused all my life by the hands of my mother ,who had a lot of mental issues with her own abuse ,I was beat ,locked in a room as often as I dad worked two jobs ,I was torcherd at times, very cruel events to say the least ,my brother let some of his friends touch me in inapropate ways ,when I was 12 I ran away to get away for so many bad things ,as a result I became a ward of the state as my father said I was incoragable but he didn’t know why I had ran away so much ,I then was put into a group home where that was not such a good place eighter I was a young cacassuin girl with blonde hair and blue eyes and other children were of different race ,so I was getting beat up a lot ,I then ran away again because my older sister said she knew of a place I could go ,a 24 year old man was gonna have a birthday party for my sister and they said to go there ,when I arrived my sister wasn’t there but the man was I had met him a few times befor though friends so I thought I would be ok ,he was nice to me for the first days ,then when I wanted to leave I was told I couldn’t go ,and he said I was now his ,I was a 12 year old virgin with plans of staying that way til marrage that dream was quickly taken away ,I was then tied to a cot naked and every day he would rape me slowly until he fully penetrated fully ,no one came looking for me as I thought there would be ,the events that acured for the next two years were unbelievable but this is just the beging of some events in my life ,I am not well educated so writing is hard for me ,I want to write a book about every thing ,but its hard for me ,I need someone who I can tell my staory and they can write it ,I left out many of things because theres so much more to tell ,I just want u to hear a bit of what I been through and maybe can help me find someone to help me write my book,Thank you for reading this .Dawn

    • I’m very sorry that you had to experience this tragedy. I suggest finding someone locally to help get your story written. Frequently, you can find writers by creating a post on Craigslist explaining what you are looking for in a writer and many of my clients who aren’t strong writers but who have a story to tell have benefitted from talking their story out loud while being recorded, and then having the conversation transcribed.

      • Hi Stephanie!

        We’re a married couple whom decided a few years ago to explore our own erotic curiosities. Following a series of “search snafus” and naive communication blunders, we stumbled upon an ad posted by a couple whom we were shocked to discover were actually paid escorts. We refused their “services,” but became intrigued by their claim that there was a “huge market” for such taboo offerings. The result is that we have gone on to become among the top rated escorts in the world and by FAR the top escort “duo” (check out our website and “Our Story” page for hilarious and sexy details).

        We have built an amazing “brand” and have been recently interviewed by various magazines, including online magazines, salon.com, and eros.com; and international publications, including Maxim and Marie Claire. This has resulted in our being contacted by various production companies hoping to snatch up the rights to our life story. We are currently writing a memoir about our WILD erotic journey – tentative title: “Taboo Couple: How a married couple searching for ways to spice things up in the bedroom went on to become the top rated escorts in the world.”

        Our question to you is: Where do we go from here? We aren’t sure if we should continue writing the memoir ourselves and self-publish, or whether we should seek professional assistance (we’re actually gifted writers as well as fantasy fulfillers/sex coaches, btw – snippets are posted on our website). But we’re not just writing a typical “escort tell-all” talking only about explicit sex, drug abuse (we don’t do drugs), etc. What distinguishes our story from other “escort memoirs” is that we have had the unique opportunity to help men (we don’t see women) address their struggles with fantasies that are so taboo in nature that they’d never reveal them to anyone other than us. And so our real life erotic experiences are VERY relevant to current societal events and debates and we KNOW that a movie and/or TV show about it will inspire a much needed dialogue about the topic of male sexuality. Should we pitch the show to production companies ourselves or do we seek help? We’re struggling to navigate through the sea of entertainment lawyers, agents, production companies.

        Please advise! And thanks…

      • Hi Taboo Couple,

        Thanks for you comment and great that you have been getting press interviews from established publications!

        These are complex question as the answers depends on your specific goals. It is hard to give specific advice without knowing more about your specific goals. For many people, they would like to make a lot of money, write a book, have a TV show, become famous and help people with their work. While all of these goals may be possible over time, very rarely do they happen at the same time or on the first project.

        In general, I recommend writing as much as you can yourselves, and then working with a ghostwriter to polish your book. Especially if you want to get a deal with a major network or cable channel, you would benefit from having your book published by a mainstream publisher, rather than self-published.

        If you self-publish a memoir, you will retain the rights and a larger portion of the profits, but will not have the credibility and distribution of a mainstream publisher— you’ll be on the hook to do the marketing and publicity to demonstrate that your story is commercially viable.

        Before you build a team and take your project to market, you want to have the maximum possible leverage. The way you get that is by writing a book that is a huge success, which demonstrates the viablity of your story, and gets multiple players to compete to work with you.

  6. I have a auto biography about starting the major entertainment businesses ,Rap Hip Hop,Video Games ,and Mortal Kombat the real boss Author Manning Jr and how they kidnap people with my money.

  7. I have a story to tell about myself and my family who are all messed up but some of us have survived ok. There is molestation, addictions, mental illness, overcome by guilt, etc, by various members of my family. I was married to an exhibitionist and knew nothing about this sort of thing and almost lost my life. I married a man who put me down and has caused worse self-esteem and head games much worse than the pervert. I may not even be my dad’s oldest child. I cannot even begin to tell you enough but I am wanting someone to write my story and I tell it. My friends say I should def. write a book or get it written. Please get in touch with me. I have a lot of sad memories and even would be willing to be hypnotized to see what I am trying to forget. Some of the info. is about the small town and how it works but not always in a good way. Please call me at 870-942-8432

    • Hi Katie, It sounds like you have had some very serious experiences in your life. As you process and work on writing a book, I think Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird may be helpful to you.

  8. (Background): A fact that is overlooked by most in the U.S; virtually 40%-50% of northern CA.’s economics (once past 75mi north of SF) is the underground production & sale of cannabis. In 1996 a legislative bill entitled Prop 215 enabled a CA resident (with a recommendation from a certified, in good standing w/ the state of CA, Dr.) to use/consume/grow whatever their aliment required – as in no limitations to amounts of cannabis…..

    QUICK SUMMARY:

    (Story): Imagine two teenage boys who live in a rural northern CA county (the country there is breath-taking). They have grown up accustomed to cannabis acting as a second currency. Their families each grow a few plants. The second, and minority group in the sparsely populated county, are the conservatives who only want the stench of the cannabis plant eradicated from their neighborhoods. Even though monies earned by selling a few pounds of cannabis by most of the families in this area goes right back into their own communities, as evident when one of the teenagers families goes to the local grocery store to shop just a few days after unloading a pound to friends in southern CA., the police and Sheriff’s dept.s harass and bust as many of these honest and hard working families as they can. Little do most of the officers know that when their off duty and sneak a joint late in the evening (when no one is supposedly looking), the two teenage boys who are average bored kids are watching them from safe distance (while they are up in a tree). Then Prop 189915 passes which enables the residents in the rural northern CA counties to legally grow and posses cannabis.
    This truly starts a near civil war between the rich conservative/bible-thumpers of the communities, and the small-time pot growing families. Law enforcement officers pull dirty-tricks in investigating and framing one of the families. The family in question hides with the kind hearted neighbors of the town.

    (The Twist): The Sheriff’s dept of this county, THIS WHOLE TIME (as we all discover in the story) this department had a large outdoor building that they were themselves were (law enforcement) GROWING marijuana! (this is true!). The two teenagers wind up breaking into this unguarded building, and they then STEAL all the law enforcements pot, and a bunch of the pot that was also in that building came from other illegal busts of good hearted community neighbors (this part has a Robin-Hood effect). As the cops all race around thinking a thugs gang from SF came up to rob them, the department itself begins to implode. The money from the sale of the pot that the two teenage boys stole from the cops went to pay for excellent law representation for the family which had been illegally busted earlier. The teenager’s family was eventually acquitted of all charges, while the police of the town (including some of the uber-conservative factions of the town, those who also helped the police/Sheriff’s officers to illegally set up the teenagers family in the first place) were brought before various state and federal authorities to answer for the dirty tricks, illegal tactics, and civil rights abuse they had inflicted on so many over the course of a year in such a small community.

    (The End)

    I, Brent, the commentator of the above post (with the email address of bbomia@gmail.com)own this story and/or the personal story rights.
    – Sorry but you cant ever be too careful these days…plagiarism IS on the rise unfortunately!
    I think this story has a timeless element to it. The current & on-going police crackdown on citizens civil liberties (consider the shootings of late), of course it has the marijuana element forcing the listener (or possible viewer) to look at this subject in a whole different light, and the fact that it focuses on small-town USA (which has its own grass-roots feel which is very popular now)… dunno… I feel it may have potential
    Regarding myself: I have been interviewed on radio, and a published book mentions some of my story in one paragraph – the author picked up the story via a Sacramento Bee article I was in which was also published heavily throughout the web.
    What do you think?
    Thanks in advance –
    B

    • Thanks for sharing, Brent. I knew cannabis growing was a big business, but that is really big. Unfortunately, I only give specific pitch feedback to my clients and I have been booked and unable to accept new clients for some time. This is why I created my course, How To Be A Professional Writer, which contains the material I cover with my private clients in the first 8-10 sessions, and which teaches you the method used by top screenwriters to test and hone their story concepts and scripts (as well as get in the room with people who can buy your material).

      No worries if you’re not interested but if you are you can check out the course here.

  9. Hey Stephanie, I’m just curious if this is anything you would be interested in and I can go from that. My story is about a guy that had the time of his life in high school his senior year with great friends but days after graduation his uncle dies and he becomes more and more distant from his family as he starts to spiral into bad habits and runs with worse and worse people. The summer was filled with alcohol drugs and young girls. Eventually he climbs out of the hole he digs himself but not before he scrapes his face off jumping out of a car and his friend wraps his truck around a tree while drunk. Something which he could have stopped. Obviously this person is me and the whole story is in a lot more detail. I’m just curious if it would be of interest?

    • Hi Tim,
      It sounds like you’ve had some serious life experiences and I’m sorry for your loss. Based on what you have shared, while relatable by many people, I don’t see it as a mainstream film. I suggest checking out Judy Carter’s book The Message of You to help you share your story and what you’ve learned with a larger audience who could benefit from your experience.

  10. Stephanie my name is andrew i want to share the ups and downs in my life i was adopted at birth went to prison i escaped from prison and made my way to mexico i had never been out of the us before i stole 3 vehicles in mexico and alot more illegal things i ahad to do to survive adown from there

    • I suggest writing down your story as much as you can as a place to start. If writing is challenging, you can talk your story out and make an audio recording which can then be transcribed into text.

  11. Dear Stephanie,
    I am looking to for advice as to how to get my life story out through book, play or movie. Looking for advice for title as well thinking ” “BliNDED BY Love ” or “Mistaking Love”
    I have was in a relationship with my high school sweet heart on and off for 15 yrs. In that time he did many hurtful things to me but I would stop dating him but I would let him convenience me he was ready to change.. So I would take him in this fifteen yr period This same guy took my virginity at 17,cheated on me several times, abused me, got me pregnant and put me out of house when baby was three months with out a job and place called home, destroyed not one but two marriage, one being my brother marriage. He is know starting a family with her(my sisternlaw) now….

  12. I have a story, still living it though. I need my story told, for so many reasons. I am a 47 year old stage IV Cancer patient ( stable for now) fighting ferociously . I have been given a beautiful life w/ my husband of 21 yrs and teenage daughters, until Cancer interrupted…Pandora’s box was then opened our lives quickly shifted, depression became a side show in our family, then facing suicide, secret lives, transgender identity confusion, theft,and a mind blowing break in set up by the man we once all knew, leaving us penniless …. Relevant ? Health, depression, transgender, suicide prevention, independence… I’d Love to get my voice heard

  13. Good morning
    I am a writer of stories I am looking for buy me stories I have at the end of every ten days 15 story I want to sell it if the broker wants to not work with me, I welcome that will not lose anything I’ll wait for response
    Thank you
    Good morning dear
    I own some of the stories I want to help me sell it for the money and I am ready to share the profits with him please reply soon
    Thank you

  14. Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve had a lot of people tell me to attempt a story of my life so I’ve made a start & find it very addictive!
    I had an “interesting” childhood being the only English kid in a Scottish school
    Joined the Royal Navy at 16 & became the youngest Navy Clearance diver at 17 years old
    Left at 21 & became a commercial diver for 22 years
    Raced motorbikes for 2 years
    Worked in Baghdad & Mosul in the private security sector for 3.5 years
    Worked anti-piracy off Somali for 4 years
    Presently working with private security in Nigeria
    There are a millon stories involved in all of this, humour, happiness, sadness & everything in between, do you think I have the possibility of a good foundation fon a book? I’m going to give it a whirl anyway & see how it pans out :)

  15. In a nutshell, both my parents died within 6 months of each other due to lung cancer when I was 13, from then on I became an alcoholic and adolescent resulting in 3.5 years jail time, in my life I have been bashed at the hand’s of an alcoholic step dad on the daily, slept on the streets, have had to steal food to survive and sneak into pools to shower! 5 years later, I have been sober for 3 years, turned my life and started my own family with my fiance and 8 month old! I still don’t have a cent but I have something that means more, family again!

  16. Stephanie,

    I am the son of Bryant William Bowles I am now 58 yrs old I feel like it is time to tell my story with what is going on in a
    America today between blacks and whites I was very impressed with Pat Buchanan comments to Barack Obamba on race that cost him his release from CNN it was truly a eye opener for the American public both black and white to think about please google my father and advice me of the best way to get my story out there I am a very successful building contractor it’s not for the money I want this story told please advice thanks

    • Dear Stephanie
      AMERICAN FUGITIVE story by Thomas Lion is a memoir that starts off running then settles down to deliver volumes of heart, humor, and killer scenes as Lion assumes several identities to survive. Lion will do anything, go anywhere, assume any identity to preserve his honor, marriage, money and survive alive. A legal marijuana grower recalls his days as a pot fugitive. True stories like this wild and quirky adventure are few and far between. A retro but relevant tale of romance, mystery, betrayal, tragedy, and a life lost then found . A memoir that reads like a novel and travels from simple origins–picking and selling wild weed–to secret banking centers in the UK and life on the lam. A clever young writer, a sexy undercover cop’s daughter and a quirky cast of characters are driven underground with assumed identities and chased by the Cannabis cops. A Lloyds of London man, a gay UK antiques dealer and a Guernsey banker all help keep the Lion on the lam. The movie Catch Me If You Can has a similar feel to this non stop running read. Looking for true character driven stories for development projects? Lion’s Lam would make a great movie or internet series project. Your thoughts?

      • Thanks Thomas, and I’m sorry I just saw this comment now. I only work as a consultant and not a producer, so I’m not personally looking for projects to produce.

  17. Your suggestions listed above are very helpful. Finding how to connect first is the hardest. I’ve been told over and over to share my story. My target of readers are inner city teens who feel helpless and stuck due to circumstances beyond their control. I was one of those kids who always knew there was something more “out there” and while my life was surrounded by violence, molestation, drugs, alocohol, and guns – not to mention the culture shock of moving as a teen from the big city to the likes of “Deliverance” in rural Appalachia, I never gave up hope to live my life how I envisioned. I want so desperately to share my story in hopes of touching even just one teen to inspire hope, perseverance and determination. I’m glad you’ve provided some avenues to consider as I’m piecing together my story that hopefully will not only appeal to our today’s youth from a humorous perspective, but most importantly, with hopes of saving a life. Thank you ~

  18. Hello Stephanie,

    my story is probably the most bizarre, and it may be that it can never be shared with the world. Within the realm of Ufology, the term “trained observer” is usually reserved for someone whose professional occupation suggests they are more reliable as a UFO witness than your average Joe; such as policemen, pilots, and so on. Well I am a pretty average Joe, and I am also likely one of the most well “trained observers” to come along in a while. I have been trained by the surveillance subjects themselves, and have been provided with multiple demonstrations of what they can do.

    I have not had any direct contact with the subjects. All I have are recorded observations, non recorded observations, and conjecture. Given what I witnessed with their first demonstration, it appears they are capable of interdimensional travel and perhaps interdimensional transport as well. The transport possibility is a rather timely and relevant distinction given our present malaise; as in those three reactor cores at Fukushima that have melted down beyond their containment vessels. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just wish them away?

    The likelihood of being able to secure some intergalactic help with our energy problems is not very promising, primarily due to this nation’s absolute and thorough corruption. The oligarchs will drag this world to permanent extinction before admitting that nuclear energy isn’t as nice and safe as they want us to believe. As for acknowledging the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life, the oligarchs are also afraid someone might ask. “Hey, why is it that UFOs are seen almost everywhere in the world except at a gas station filling up with fossil fuel?”

    I am struggling with trying to write my own story, and doubt my dubious writing talent warrants me spending over $800 with Lulu.com. From what I’ve been told, I’d still be saddled with marketing it. My first effort, “Stalkers”, was a stab at wrapping it in humor, an introduction with four paragraphs. It seems pretty lame as I look at it now. Looking at returns I got from Googling “sell your story”, besides finding your webpage I’m also looking at the Sun tabloid in the UK. Well let me leave you with my not so great narrative website.
    http://phoenixufos.wordpress.com/

    At this other website, I don’t include any narrative. Just a handful of photos and videos.
    http://arizonaufos.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for your note, Jimmy. Selling this kind of story will be easier if you are able to get mainstream press to cover it, though many popular stories have started from the tabloid world. I’d focus on your local press, then state, national and international. I wish you lots of luck.

  19. IF I SELL MY STORY I WOULD PUT ALOT OF FAMOUS PEOPLE IN THE SPOT IM CURRENTLY ON HOUSE ARREST FOR WHAT I’VE DONE BUT IT WOULD REALLY STOP ALOT OF FRAUD AND WOULD MAYBE EVEN PUT A TARGET ON MY HEAD I HAVE BEEN ON THE NEWS online done alot but just don’t know who would contact me but my story involves drugs fraud money party famous people and traveling and jail and all that crazy stuff any suggestions

  20. In 1982 I was a small time drug dealer in the public park (Bryant Park) behind the library in Manhattan, New York City, and I was ask to join a running group for people with disability because I was born with one leg. I took them up on invitation, and I started training in Central Park 20 to 30 miles a week and also participated in races ranging from 5 miles, 6, 10, 12.4, 13.1, and 20 miler. This training was in preparation for the New York City marathon which is 26.2 miles in distance. On October of 1983 I was on the staring line of the New York City Marathon at Verrazano Bridge with six other disable participants, and I complete the distance in 7 hours and 6 minutes and became the first man in the history of the marathon to do it on one leg and a pair of regular crutches. I was subject of lots of media coverage, and I was even invited to the White House to be congratulated by Ronald Reagan and was in more then 500 thousand copies of the Hispanic news paper in New York city with Ronald Reagan on the back page which is the sport section. I did the marathon the following year and again was subject of lots of media coverage. I repeat it again in !986, but it was the Miami Orange Bowl Marathon and I was in the front page of the Miami Herald over 1.5 million of the Sunday paper. I have videos of my visit to the White House and the news paper clips are on archive. After all that achievement I got deep into drugs and I could not quick doing them for over twenty years, but twenty three years ago I left them and I went back to college and got and associate, a bachelors and masters in international business. I also though myself to play the trombone and in the last two years I have been playing with community bands in Miami and now in Philadelphia where I moved from Miami. I am also a founding member and the first member of Achilles International which is the organization that makes it possible for the disable vets to participate in marathon around the country and around the world. I spend three years smoking crack in the streets of New York City, and I use to sleep in park benches, in Central Park, and in the trains of the New York City subway. I was in and out of jails in New York city. Today I have a Masters degree in International Business, and I am married to a wonderful woman who I loves me. I have proof of everything and the New York Roadrunners and Achilles International can vouch for me that my life story is free of biases and true.

    • You have an incredible story, John Paul. I recommend Judy Carter’s book The Message of You as it may help you create an inspirational speech and be able to share your story to a wider platform so others may benefit.

  21. Hi I have a true life story for a book and movie. I will and won’t reveal on here.. but I can say almost everything I tell … their is proof to it all… I’m looking for someone who I can trust who is in search of doing a film… or writing a book on true life events of someone family… I know you all heard this before … awwww I have a great story… but the events that happened in me and my kids life is different…. I Pray that Someone Serious will Contact me.. And I know This will be one of the best Book Seller and one of the Best True life stories out Movie. I cry as I type this cause its so much.. I just don’t know how to get my story out.. But I know someday someone will contact me and beileve in me and be willing to sit and listen to everything.. Thanks

    • Hi Tanisha. The first step I recommend is to write down as much of your story as you can. This can be therapeutic, but also will give you a place to start when talking to producers or journalists.

  22. hello and hi

    My name is neiman Johnson and I have an incredibleh amazing story. When I was 3 a family member tried to human sacrifice me. They only got as far branding me. When i was five I saved a woman from a serial killer who put her in a woodchipper. I chose not to go public so it was never put in a newspaper. I later went on to save other lives from rapeS and overdoseS and I almost saved someone from being lynched when I was 17 (1999). I later found out about nine eleven before it happened and gave a whole whole of ideas that are out now and a billion people use them on a daily basis. I asked for rights and change in return. this is my story in a nutshell. And I’m currently writing an autobiography. I’m on year 2006 I plan on stopping at year 2014.

    I’d like to know if I have a story that has the potential to be picked up the movie makers?

    • Hi Neiman,

      You’ve obviously had some shocking life experiences, but this doesn’t mean that your life rights are likely to be purchased by movie makers. The majority of people who have their life rights purchased have had stories in the national or international press first to validate and verify their experiences. This isn’t to diminish your traumatic experiences, only to share that it is very rare that life rights are purchased for movies.

  23. I have a terrible story that happend and is happening to me now ..my child was stolen from me and taken to louisianna by her birthmother..and bought and sold in a shady adoption without my knowledge …the witness on the adoption came forward and told me what they had done ….im no writer ….but if given the right person I would ..love to have my story put in the public’s eye about what is happening in america to poor people…and how adoption corporations are buying and selling our children I’m in court now ..police have an investigation and I want my story heard…

  24. My life is about having to live with my parents till I was 30 to finally get married. During that time I was unemployed for 6 years due to social phobias and anxiety / I had a false visionary brainwash me by forcing me to become a nun in her religious community. It was a 3 year battle etc there’s more to the story , the extra details , just think my journey would make a good movie

  25. I have a true life story about me and my siblings that lived with a stepdad who done horrible things to us when we were kids, the end result was he tried to kill me and my 2 sisters because he was afraid of us telling on him, he did shoot one of my sisters in the back. I feel my true life story would make a great movie and I would like someone get in touch with me and tell me what I need to do to get started please.

    • Donna, I am so sorry that you had to experience something so horrible. The first step is to get as much down of your story as you can in writing. Some people like to type out their thoughts and others prefer to record a conversation and then have the words transcribed. When you have the story written down, then you will have a document that you can share with others (potential producers, screenwriters, managers, others who can help).

  26. Hi,i think i have a great idea for a book or movie…i am Bulgarian ,half of my live was the communist regime,and i grow up as an orphan,(to be orphan in Bulgaria is totally different than in America)and i think ,my story is going to be address to orphan kids,as a success- real story,not to give up you dreams. After all ,i am a mother of 3,and a grand mother.I can say that,all my dream’s become true.I am american citizen now,and all my kids and grand kids are with me in USA. I have a hard time ,writing in English,that is the reason ,not to write my story by myself.

    • Hello my Bulgarian friend, my name is simona im in Canada, my background is Romanian my husband is Bulgarian, the reason im contacting you is i have the same Past im looking to shear my life story but is very hard to find some one ….did you have any luck?
      please stay in touch hope we can find some one interested in our life story…
      Hope to hear back from you.
      Regards
      Simona

  27. WOW! I stopped everything for three days and totally submerged myself in this reservoir. Came up for air. With years of Forensic Experience-pointing my creative compass in one direction. Haha! Thank Again, and Again and Again…

  28. My, My, My… A reservoir of information, I dipped my bucket in this GREAT body of needed information. Engulfed,Amazingly Overwhelmed. Thank You.

  29. Hi Stephanie,
    I’m from Iraq originally. and in the last 5 years before the second gulf war (2003), I managed to recruit few young men into joining me to form a small group of freedom fighter. We fought Saddam’s regime at night, infiltrating execution camps to save innocent victims from being executed (for no reason other than to terrorize the rest of the Iraqi people) the next morning.
    we’ve lost a good friend and a heroic member of our group, sacrificing his life to save ours. We were just young men who lived an ordinary day life as university students, but at night, we gambled on our lives in order to save the innocents. I was too close to being captured by that ruthless regime, if it weren’t for the war to break out in 2003, right after I was blacklisted by the government.
    I live in the U.S. now as a political asylee, because I worked hand in hand with the U.S. troops in Iraq during and after the war, to supply poor villages with food and medicine… Only to find myself blacklisted once again by the new rising resistance who saw me as “a traitor who works for the Americans”.
    A good friend of mine is a writer, and she helped me condense all those moments of my life in a book. The problem was (and it still is), it’s too hard to pitch a book to publishers or movie producers. And we lack the right connections.
    So I’d really appreciate any advice.

    Best,
    Caesar

    • You have a great story. But to sell the book, you need a great pitch. I recommend my course, How To Be A Professional Writer. It’s the equivalent of working with me for ten or more sessions (a value of approximately $4000). Then, look for the right pitchfest situation to get yourself in front of potential publishers and see what their feedback is on your pitch. This will not only help you further improve your pitch, but you may develop the connections you need with decision-makers and fellow authors. Once you’ve done that, let me know and we’ll talk about the next steps.

  30. Enough of a story on my web site for a movie? Perhaps a book since much of the psychosis was in my head? You have good advice about changing the story to make it more appealing.

  31. I would like to contact some writers or producers regarding true life story which ia great for either movie or a book.

    Regards,
    AIDA

  32. Another great article, Stephanie, but you forgot one thing… greed. My life story has been pitched in Hollywood since it first came to the surface in 1990; the first star to be interested in it was Tom Cruise (we share the same lawyer), but weather it was the studio (all the major ones), executives (like Michael Eiser’s straight $2 million offer), or producers (can name any one of them), it was, they all loved the story, but I would have to take a back seat, let them have the script, which they would make into a “glorius film,” and hey, isn’t it cool that I’d see it on the big screen… while they make the money and I get the bragging rights (and to be fair, Eiser was the only one that offered money, but I could make that amount on the merchandise alone). Every time I seem to come close to a deal, the Greed Monster rears it’s ugly head, and it’s back to the beginning. Now that the documentary is currently being filmed, perhaps that will give credit to a feature film.

  33. As I’ve been working to bring the Cecil B. DeMille biopic (based on my novel) to the big screen, I keep getting calls from people telling me to make a movie about my own story. After spending half my life in and out of prisons and rehabs struggling with drug addiction, a writer sees “the Light” and turns his life around, becoming a bestselling author, award winning screenwriter, producer, and creative writing professor who helps others find their inner light and share their stories with the world. Or something like that. See: http://www.prlog.org/12206566-creative-writing-professor-reveals-the-healing-power-of-story.html

  34. Wonderful article, Stephanie. I work with many aspiring writers who want to tell their life stories. I will be sure to provide this link on my Transformed by Writing website and facebook page. Thanks so much for the great points and perspective.

  35. Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve been working on a project based on incidents in my life while my parents attended college in San Francisco in the 60’s. Such a surfeit of material! I’m trying to break a story through it without going “Slacker” style indie. So far, I keep ending up as comic relief in the larger picture… :-\

    Best,
    Chris

  36. Hi Stephanie,

    I have an auto-bio in script form and a pretty good web site about my action/comedy that is based on a true story… called Hot Foot! (see hotfootfilms.com).

    I am about to start trying to raise seed money by advertising to foot doctors/surgeons… The budget ($7m) is complete, so are the Biz Plan and Private Placement Memorandum.

    Wondered if you’d take a look at the site and would like to know more?

    Regards,

    Frank Sacks*
    writer/producer
    310 597-9888

    Hot Foot! will be my 5th feature film… my other credits are on IMDB.

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