Marilyn Warnick, Books Editor (serial) Marilyn.email@example.com 07720 412145
Marilyn is the main point of contact for all book related features in the paper. She works six months ahead in terms of serial but is also extremely news reactive so call her if you have a topical author eg someone dies and you have a book about / by them on your backlist.
Do not confuse them with the Daily Mail. They are completely different papers with no cross over in terms of editorial. They don’t share information with each other so you must send information both to Marilyn and her equivalent on the Books desk at the Daily Mail if you want a book to be considered by both papers.
They have different editors so if an author has had a run in with one paper and doesn’t want to be featured in the Mail make sure they realise that they are different papers and should not be tarred with the same brush.
The Mail on Sunday will follow the Guardian, occasionally the Times but will never follow the Telegraph or the Sunday Times. They sell 900K copies more than the Sunday Times each week and are only 90K less behind the Sun. Sales for the Mail on Sunday are more than the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Observer and Express combined.
Contact Marilyn by text or e-mail, do not leave phone messages or they may never be picked up. E-mail or text is also great as she can then forward it straight on to the person at the paper for whom it might be most relevant. You will get an answer. 75% of the time it will be no but 25% it will be yes.
Think laterally. If you have an author who has sold millions of copies of several books but never made the bestseller list let her know. There are various options for specialist subjects, occasionally children’s, occasionally crime, health is often an interview with a tiny extract. Marilyn will pass on books to all sections of the paper.
Susannah Gross is the literary editor and they share an assistant. Reviewers hate manuscripts so make sure you send finished copies. Craig Brown is the lead reviewer and the only one who might hold sway over which books get reviewed. Don’t believe reviewers when they say they’ll be able to place a review in the Mail. It’s the books team who make the decisions. For features / serial send Marilyn manuscripts or she would spend her time printing them off (special dispensation if you’re in Scotland!)
Kate Figes, You Magazine (books) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate is the main point of contact for all book related features on You magazine. They are a crucial vehicle to add substance to the froth so she is always on the look out for good features. Treat them like a monthly magazine. Feature schedule is planned well in advance and there are at least one, often two or three, books on it. She is particularly interested in first person stories from the author. Talk to your author and establish stories which you think make good anecdotes. Don’t just regurgitate the information sheet.
Sue Peart is the editor but hasn’t got time to read books so send via Kate. John Koski is responsible for the Book Club, they only do paperbacks. You Book Day is an annual event which takes place in May and planned in January so you need to pitch in November.