020 7782 5049
Jack writes a news column and briefs the News Editors before their daily conference on what stories he has so if you want a quick turn around/decision on something send it through either very early in the morning or the night before. In your press release please sum up in the first line what is going to pull the readers in. Discoveries are good but keep in mind that the bigger the preconception, the smaller the story one can get from it. He likes anything that’s counter-intuitive known authors that have something controversial to day. Readers like human interest stories an interesting thing that happened during the writing of a book eg the dog ate my manuscript. He won’t be able to cover a book in news unless there is a story attached to it. Feuds are good eg between John Le Carre and Salman Rushdie. Measurable phenomena are also good if there is a trend and an interesting reason why it’s come about. Issues are good if there is someone well known making a point. Literary Prizes are worth mentioning but only if they have an impact on Times readers.
Important to note that newspapers generally get larger towards the end of the week, particularly Thursday’s and Friday’s edition.
Also, please note that The Times can always be trusted with embargoes.
The Times Magazine
3 Thomas More Square
London E98 1TD
0207 782 7273
What I’m looking for for The Times Magazine
Our columnists and writers (Giles Coren, Caitlin Moran, William Leith) BUT also books/subjects that our writers will be interested in:
The Genius of Dogs – Deborah Ross (One World Publishers)
Sheryl Sandberg Lean In – Janice Turner
Sebastian Coe – Monday – book rights/deals – most book deals I can sort directly but if big money then Keith Blackmore firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Townsend – Monday and Tuesday
Frank Lampard – children’s book
Jon Stewart – Earth A Visitors Guide To The Human Race by The Daily Show (Particular)
Nora Ephron (Doubleday)
Barbara Taylor Bradford (Harper Collins)
Elizabeth Jane Howard
Food – Eat! Section – Newspaper puff – email@example.com
Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc, Donna Hay, Jamie Oliver
We also have two major food issues every year – the next one 16 Nov
The stuff everyone is or will be talking about
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In
Mr Fifty Shades of Grey
Diet books – The Fast Diet Recipe Book, The Parisian Diet
Memoirs – long form 3000 words – either purely extract or extract with interview
Post Natal Depression – Helen Walsh’s Go to Sleep (Canongate)
The General (Chatto & Windus)
Liz Murray (Century)
Grace Under Pressure – going the distance as an asperger’s mum (Paitkus)
The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp (Hodder & Stoughton) – brilliant Times correspondents around the world – this story was by Rhys Blakely our west coast correspondent.
What I’ve Learnt – Simon Hills – firstname.lastname@example.org (these can follow big interviews elsewhere – depending on where they’ve run)
Babara Taylor Bradford
Why it’s worth bugging me to read your book:
Because The Times can seriously shift copies
The Times is one of the world’s most trusted quality newspapers, with a total paid audience of 539,556 and 1.381m readership.
Times readers buy more books than any other broadsheet readership.
59% of those who have read The Times in the past year have bought a paperback.
According to the British Business Survey, the paper has more business readers than both the Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph combined.
More under-45 readers than any other title in the UK quality segment.
We have over 1.5 million followers on twitter across 40 active Times specific accounts, as well as several social media accounts on which we are very active.
Off the page Book offers via the Times bookshop
Times+ book events
Members pay to attend and the event consist of an interview or talk, usually by a Times journalist and a books signing after the event. Recent events have included Pete Townsend, Rafa Benitez and Caitlin Moran.
We LOVE books!
Times2 | 3 Thomas More Square | LondonÂ | E98 1TT
020 7782 5983 | email@example.com
For covers, ie, big interviews, books around talking-point themes and anything first person/confessional, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
For anything aimed at the Life pages (Monday) relating to family, dating, and lifestyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
For health Body and Soul (Tuesday) and also the Table, food pages (Thursday) it’s Shaun.email@example.com
Please think of us for first interviews with your authors, and for first person pieces that are along emotional lines. Or anything that is about social trends or has a topical twist.
We tend to work week to week in terms of newsy features, but we also plan ahead to make sure we don’t miss out on the best books, so it’s best to meet one of us for coffee to go through the catalogue if it all possible. Otherwise, on a daily deadline, sometimes it’s hard to devote as much time to leafing through those pdfs as we should!
Books are central to T2. Whether it’s an interview with a household name, or a first-person piece from an author about their illness or their mid-life crisis, or even a dating quiz from the back of a self-help book, the beauty of T2 is that we’re very broad spectrum.
Thursday is the best day to contact us as that’s our forward planning day. The absolute worst is first thing in the morning (when we’re getting ready for conference at 10.30) or from 5 onwards as deadline approaches.
We’re happy to do interviews in advance and hold them until nearer publication, but ideally we’d like first interview for written piece if it’s going to be a cover.
Books in Saturday Review
Notes kindly supplied by Tom Gatti
After the departure of Erica Wagner, Richard Whitehead is overseeing the books pages. The books and Review assistant is Fiona Wilson. The editor of Saturday Review is Tom Gatti.
Review copies (whether hardback or paperback) to Books, The Times, 3 Thomas More Square, London E98 1TT. We appreciate them as much in advance as possible. Proof copies are useful. We commission anything from 2 months to 2 weeks in advance.
Crime and thrillers should be sent directly to Marcel Berlins; children’s books to Amanda Craig; audiobooks to Christina Hardyment. Postal addresses can be obtained from Fiona Wilson. Fiona edits and writes the paperback of the week.
Information on forthcoming releases to Richard, Fiona and Tom.
Thursday is our press (and therefore busiest) day.
Interviews and features: unfortunately, although we have a decent amount of space for reviews, there is not usually the scope to do books interviews and features in Review. There are some exceptions, when it is worth pitching: six of the best, a slot in which someone chooses six of their favourite things in a specific category (we have had several bookish ones, eg Brian Aldiss chooses sci-fi classics or William Boyd on his favourite book jackets); big-name interview opportunities, especially people who could work for our cover (we’re talking high profile, whether high or low brow – Margaret Atwood or Lee Child – in fact we did a big Lee Child interview last year, with a Tom Cruise film still on our cover). Occasionally we have room for a quirky little books feature – a recent example would be a Dante expert did us a little witty primer in advance of the publication of Dan Brown’s Inferno.
Festivals: I’m sure you know about our longstanding partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival but do get in touch if you want to discuss any opportunities with your authors in terms of coverage.
Digital: if you have ideas for digital projects you can contact any of us and also James Jackson or Louise Cohen who edit the arts and books pages online.