THE SCOTSMAN / SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
David Robinson, Literary Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There have been a lot of voluntary redundancies at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday recently and it was rumoured that David had left too but he is very much there. He now does his literary editor role Mon-Wed across both titles and works as a sub editor on Thursday and Friday. He buys in reviews from the Evening Standard and New York Times so if you know a book has been published in the US and been published in the New York Times do flag it. New reviews are now limited to 4 per week across both papers. They need a Scottish connection – author, subject or publisher. He prefers to be contacted by e-mail and for the press release to be in the body of an e-mail rather than an attachment.
Other contacts on the paper include:
Kenny Farquharson who commissions a double page spread called The Write Stuff on a Saturday which can be an extract or by an author. He also commissions big think pieces which can be book related. He’s also deputy editor of the paper so copy David in so he can chase up. Kenny.email@example.com
Janet Christie is the best person to contact for interviews in Spectrum. Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Black is the best person for celebrity interviews with a film connection. Claire.email@example.com
Brian Ferguson writes the Arts diary firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful journalists who are still there include Aidan Smith, Alison Grey, Roger Cox, Gillian Harris and Gaby Soutar.
Please note that The Scotsman are moving offices in the near future. Location yet to be confirmed but a move is imminent.
Johnston Press also own regional newspapers throughout Scotland and the UK.
THE HERALD / SUNDAY HERALD
Garry Scott, Group Weekend Features Editor, email@example.com
Garry is interested in books with Scottish interest ie about Scots personalities, issues or history. Keen on travel or photography books they can use in travel in the Herald magazine or the Sunday Herald. E-mail is the best method of contacting him and ideally six weeks ahead of publication.
Teddy Jamieson, Senior Features Writer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teddy is interested in a wide range of books ranging from fiction to sport, photography, fashion, film and graphic novels. He finds press releases useful and ideally likes to be contacted two months ahead of publication. His phone number is 0141 302 7188. You can also follow him on twitter @Teddy.Jamieson There isn’t time to meet publishers to discuss advance lists over lunch / drinks or leave the office to attend press conferences or launch parties. The best person to contact for serial is the literary editor, Rosemary email@example.com
Jackie McGlone is one of the leading freelancers in Scotland. She works primarily for the Herald Arts & Books. She’s interested in all writers but particularly literary fiction. If you have a Scottish author based in Scotland they will get a staff writer to interview them so she is more likely to interview high profile authors or authors with a Scottish link who are based outside Glasgow, particularly London. She regularly meets London publishers but would like to meet more Scottish publishers to go through lists well in advance. Her contact details are Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie.email@example.com. Mobile 07939041969. She prefers to get to know a publicist and then get a short e-mail alerting her that a book they know will interest her is on the way rather than a long e-mail and no book. Review copies can be sent to Jackie McGlone 7/1 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB
Other contacts for interviews include Vicky Allan (senior features writer Sunday Herald) and Cate Devine (senior reporter and food editor The Herald)
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
Esme Kennedy, The Culture Studio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Culture Studio is the leading arts programme on BBC Radio Scotland and goes out every afternoon presented by Janice Forsyth. The presenter is based in Glasgow and the production team are based in Edinburgh so authors can go to either studio or indeed down the line from anywhere else.
She is particularly interested in Scottish and international authors – mostly fiction but some some non-fiction that would appeal to their audience of mostly 40-60 year olds, predominantly female who want to be up to date and are influenced by their children and grandchildren.
She likes to receive material in the form of PDFs or review copies. Lead times are variable. They cover a lot of books and need to give the presenter time to familiarise herself with it so at least a week.
She prefers to be approached by e-mail but they receive enormous amounts of e-mails daily so timely responses may not be possible. Equally she would love to meet publishers to discuss catalogues or attend launch parties but simply doesn’t have the time.
The primary contacts are email@example.com and programme researchers firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com but it is worth copying in the generic e-mail too which will picked up by everyone firstname.lastname@example.org
Pauline McLean, BBC Scotland News (Pauline.email@example.com)
Any topical news stories should be directed to Pauline. She finds press releases useful but targeted conversation even better as they are so fast moving. They have hourly bulletins, daily news programmes and on-line coverage so there are a lot of slots to fill. E-mail or telephone (0141 422 7851). No need to send review copies without confirmation of interest in a story. She will attend press conferences and launches sometimes but it depends on work load and the relevance.
Kirsty Logan, Books Editor, The List (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kirsty is the books editor of The List and is particularly interested in Scottish writers, debut writers, literary fiction, crime/fantasy/horror with high literary merit, literary non fiction, poetry and short stories.
She likes to receive catalogues and proofs via post with an e-mail detailing pub dates and whether the author is available for interview. If only sending a press release she would prefer to receive it by e-mail.
Lead times are 2-3 months ahead of publication though up to 6 months is helpful for the big titles.
All book information should go via her but iof there is a significant film interest it should go to email@example.com who is also the editor of The List and for music Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org who is also the deputy editor. Gail and Kirsty are the best contacts for extract.
Yasmin.email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org reviews YA novels and contemporary adult fiction
Alex.email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org reviews books about music, literary fiction, philosophy, biography, pop science and children’s books.
She is happy to meet publishers to discuss advance lists and attend press conferences in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The List has offices in both cities and is keen not to be seen to favour one city over the other, the Eating and Drinking Guide this year is being launched twice and now that listings are nationwide they also have a strong London presence with the List Live once a month organised by email@example.com the promotions director.
Claire Sawers, Deputy Editor is interested in any Scottish authors, books about Scottish music, fiction, short stories, small presses / independent publishers and illustrators. She likes to see review copies and receive PDFs of catalogues. The magazine comes out every 4 weeks (weekly during the Festival in August) and the lead times for features are 6 weeks ahead of time. She is interested in attending press conferences and launch parties. She would like to meet publishers to discuss lists and plan features / front covers / events etc. A researcher compiles listings of book events so information should be sent to her Jaclyn@firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Bath, Editor, Scottish Field (email@example.com)
Richard Bath is editor of the Scottish Field and interested in anything with a Scottish theme or hook particularly fiction, history, wildlife, culture, heritage, food and drink. Press releases are useful, preferably in e-mail form and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org followed up by a review copy. His contact number is 0131 551 1000.
The magazine goes to print on the final Wednesday of the month and they are taking books all the time. A week ahead of that is adequate. Although they would like to meet up with publishers and attend launch parties / press conferences the priority is putting the magazine together so pressures of time can make that difficult.
Richard has chaired a number of events and is keen to explore options for how they might do high profile branded Scottish Field events with the right authors.
Other contacts at the magazine include Peter Ranscombe and Morag Thorburn. They are part of the Oban Times group.