Katie Law- Deputy books editor
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (0)20 7938 6000
Four hardback reviews, 3 paperback reviews and a bestseller list every week a week on Thursdays.
A good, recent, colour headshot of your author and speedy access to illustrations for the book being reviewed is very helpful as they have a fast turn around
Like to receive catalogues by email and hardcopy versions are very useful. Great to go through over a coffee from ES offices
Circulation of 750,000 and anticipated readership of 1.5 million, London ABC 1 readers, 25-45 years old
Ideas-wise, looking for interesting people with good stories to tell. They need to be London centric unless uber-famous. Pitches are best by email please.
Usually want exclusives, but there are exceptions where following a serial, it’s a very big name or there’s a different angle to use.
ES has a wide range of slots including health, London, property.
‘Speed read’ is a small slot that is usually a speciality book such as diet, sport etc.
Please always email about embargoed books so they’re on the radar and can sign embargo if necessary
Jimi Famurewa- Features editor
Jimi.Famurewa@shortlist.com Tel: (0)20 7611 9727
2/3 book reviews a week (generally positive!). Interested in make skewed books both non-fiction and fiction, picture books, talking points.
Readers are men aged 25-35 with a distribution of 529,000 (over 1 million anticipated readership) across UK.
Especially interested in film and pop culture. Do send literary novels too though, often get sent lots of biography but interested in other genres too.
Catalogues are great and good to talk through over a coffee.
Like receiving proofs and review copies.
Best approach is by email or telephone
Lead times are a few weeks for reviews (go to press a week ahead of issue)
Jimi is interested in attending launch parties
Would like to expand, do more extracts, stories, first person pieces.
Summer reads is very popular and need lots of suggestions for this.
Also have the potential for Specials
Notebook section is good for newsy or anniversary editions.
Keen to hear from authors on their passions and do interviews with big men’s fiction names
Claire Allfree, Books ed and deputy Arts Editor
email@example.com Tel: 020 3615 0600
Recently redesigned arts and features so they are now integrated, with more book coverage as a result
Metro has one daily book review, a larger book review on Thursdays and ‘Shelf Space’ on Fridays, which is three books on a theme I.e. travel, crime etc.
Also have ‘e reader’ slot where an author recommends three books they’re reading on their e reader and a weekly contemporary author Q&A with 5 questions
Now doing less author interviews and more book related features, i.e. Costa Awards
No longer illustrate reviews with author pics
Big on non-fiction and literary fiction (rarely commercial or chick lit books)
Interested in pop-culture, music, sport, graphic books, memoirs.
Catalogues and coffee is great. Email better than phone.
Lead times are v long, as much notice as possible.
Books desk will hand on to other departments. Special interest books
Francesca Brown, Acting Associate Editor, and John-Paul Nicholas
Contacts: Francesca.Brown@stylist.co.uk Tel: 020 7611 0386 (features and serialisations), firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 020 7611 0395 (book wars), email@example.com tel: 020 7611 0397 (food and news), Anna.firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7611 9700 (online and Emerald Street)
ABC 430,000 (over a million anticipated readers) across UK
Thinking woman’s magazine with dedicated book issues from fiction specials, penguin covers, Quentin Blake covers.
Regular slot Book Wars – is where two readers speak about two books and fight for readers to read them – varies from fiction to cook books, true life crime
Style list – features 30 items and often one is a book, especially good for photography books
News Section: features author interviews, books that are destined to be big hits.
Stylist doesn’t do run of the mill chick lit, but is looking for fiction and non-fiction that challenges readers. E.g Girl Gone and When God was a Rabbit did well for them. Only want new books. Philosophy, self-help etc all appeal. US releases that are doing well and may cross the Atlantic also popular.
Email is best.
Francesca is off on maternity leave, contacts above, new editor to be announced, in meantime can always ask Lisa Foster
Catalogues and coffee are the best way to go. Want to hear about books you would recommend to your friends
Work 8 weeks in advance. Also looking for up and coming authors to write pieces, aged 20-40 with something interesting to say