Interview with Rachel Spencer
What’s your name and where do you come from? Hi, I’m Rachel and I live in a little village called Lymm, Cheshire. I spend a lot of time in Newcastle too.
Tell us a little bit about the publication(s) you work for? I write for mid market titles like the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, national tabloids like the Sun, Star, Mirror and People and real life magazines like That’s Life, Best and Bella.
When is the best time of day/week/month for someone to pitch a story to you? As long as it’s relevant to the things I write about – anytime!
Do you need a press release or will a well thought out pitch email be enough for a story to get written? I would say a press release would really help – but if it’s something that is very much what I write about – which is pets – then a pitch could work.
How many press releases do you receive on a weekly basis (roughly speaking)? I’d say about 600Name one of your favourite start-ups?
Name one of your favourite start-ups? Pit Pat Pet – it’s a fitness tracker for dogs and combined two of my great loves, dogs and running. I was fascinated when I got the press release and tested one of the first models, and placed it in two newspapers. Both were page leads. Andrew went on to appear on Dragon’s Den which was brilliant!
Quick fire round
Apple or Android? Apple
Mac or PC? Mac, since 99 when I started out in this job!
Apples for hands or melons for feet? Melons for feet.
Name two chocolate bars you would put together to make a super bar? A Star bar with a finger of fudge in the middle!
Rachel Spencer is a freelance journalist who has been writing articles for national newspapers and magazines for over 15 years. Rachel has a huge passion for writing and she’s worked for a wide range of publications – from The Times to The Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, Mail Online, Grazia, Heat, Closer and real life magazines like Bella, Take A Break and Woman’s Own. Rachel also runs a pet blog on thepawpost.co.uk