Stuart McGurk / Senior Commissioning Editor, GQ
firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)20 7152 3731
In general, Stuart would like to do more with books so please consider them when offering serial rights to the papers. Contact Stuart or the Deputy Editor – can take a couple of chapters and would try to publish as near to publication date as possible. Don’t assume men’s magazines only cover items about guns and motorbikes – they want GOOD books eg We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas or To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris He is currently reading Jonathan Franzen’s latest book and loving it but doesn’t remember being sent it for review. Please consider them for great new works of fiction.
If an author would be prepared to write a piece for them, all the better. Their book will be well promoted. Please contact Matthew by email, do not Tweet and only call if you know him already.
Ian Taylor / Executive Editor, AskMen.com
AskMen is a relatively young brand, launched in 1999 but rapidly expanding all over the world.
Their mission is to ‘make men better men’. Everything featured has a ‘backbone’ and carries good advice from experts. Whether it be about money-making or entertainment. And that’s where publicists come in. If you have a Michelin starred chef or a successful leader in business or someone with an opinion on what feminism means for men then get in touch. Their aim is to help men find their place in the work place and in the world!
Have carried fiction extracts in the past but normally prefer to feature non-fiction titles. Interested in big name authors, galleries ie Marvels best comic books, or round up of art books etc. Please email Ian in the first instance or, if it is urgent or ‘big’, then do telephone.
Matthew Jones / Online Features Editor, GQ.com
GQ On line can be much more reactive than the printed magazine so can handle ‘same day’ pieces. So if you notice something trending on line and have someone who can articulate their argument rapidly that would be perfect for them. If you have an audio/video piece that goes with a book that is also very useful. As Stuart mentioned, they like to be spoon fed, so if an author has an interesting idea, relevant to GQ and is prepared to write about it, that would be perfect.
Exclusivity is important – they are in competition with FM. Best way to contact is by email as they don’t really answer the phone. The more pro-active you are the better – think about something that’s happening today – they like content to be really reactive and bespoke.
Matt Hambly / Deputy Editor, Esquire Weekly
44 (0)20 7439 5000 M:+44 (0)7850 748 071
Esquire has 3 formats: main monthly magazine, esquire co.uk and the weekly iPad magazine (that Matt works on). It is issued exclusively on iPad every Thursday. There is also a bi-annual Big Black Book which is style and design based.
So when pitching to editors please tailor your pitch to each different platform.
The culture section in the main magazine has a 2-month lead-time – big names, well established authors and NOT guns and explosives!
Men read the magazine to rapidly consume culture, they want to appear clued up. Sometimes carry author profiles but not often – the last big name was James Salter. Generally run shorter author pieces in the monthly magazine. The website can do next day or even same day pieces. The literary content of the monthly and weekly magazine generally has a month lead-time.
Ned Beauman recently wrote a piece for them on internet dating which was relevant to his new book and provided extra content and a nice plug for his title Glow. Matt has also recently covered a new Johnny Cash biography and a Stephen King novel.
Lead times for longer pieces can be 4-5 months or 2 if shorter features. They also put together round-ups, for instance literary heavy-weights.
They do share information between the 3 Esquire formats but best for publicists to tailor make their pitch to each separately.
Like to have face to face meetings over lunch or coffee and do try to attend launch parties when possible.