News for Authors

Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards: Celebrating 25 Years of Fostering the Freedom to Create with Young Writers

by The Author Newsletter Team|September, 2018

As part of PRH’s ongoing commitment to creativity, literacy, and diversity, we recently celebrated the twenty-fifth annual Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards. Read on to learn about the ceremony and the talented award recipients. Read more

How PRH.com Drives Discovery and Book Sales

by Neda Dallal|September, 2018

PenguinRandomHouse.com is a prime destination for readers and consumers alike. In this article, we detail the rising performance of PRH.com, some special features the site offers, and how we use the site to increase visibility of our authors’ titles. Read more

Ask Me Anything: How Authors Can Interact with Readers on a Variety of Platforms

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|September, 2018

Social media offers plenty of ways to interact with your readers. But one special way to build engagement with readers—whether they’re lifelong fans or have never before picked up one of your books—is to open yourself up in a Q&A. In this article, we detail the many platforms available to you if you’d like to have a more direct relationship with your readers. Read more

Book Publishing: A Thriving Business

by The Author Newsletter Team|August, 2018

As we embark on the second half of the year, with its new crop of anticipated releases, we pause to share a marketplace pulse-check. Which categories are growing? Which formats are on the rise? Using newly released data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), along with data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bookscan, we answer these questions and more. Read more

Refresher: Getting the Most out of the Penguin Random House Author Portal

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|August, 2018

From royalties and sales data to anti-piracy tools and marketing tips, the Penguin Random House Author Portal makes a lot of information available to you. In this article, we’ll break down some key features you might not be aware of, and reintroduce you to the online Author Questionnaire. Read more

Making Videos Social with IGTV

by Neda Dallal|August, 2018

Instagram has debuted many features recently that are great social tools for authors. This article dives into one specific new feature, IGTV, and how authors can use it to broaden their social media voices and followings.

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Summer Reads: Top Five Sales Trends This Season

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2018

Between school, work, and other hobbies or responsibilities, it’s hard for some to find time to read all of the titles on their growing to-be-read list. That’s why, for some readers, the summer is the perfect time to relax and escape into the pages of a good book. In this article, we take a closer look at what’s trending this summer. Read more

Tips and Tools: Getting the Most out of Microsoft Word and Office 365

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2018

Whether you’re a digital native or you picked up those skills later in life, you’ve probably noticed that extensive changes are made every few years to some of our most-used computer programs, though these changes aren’t always communicated or utilized. In this article, we take a deep dive into Microsoft Word and Office 365 to see how authors can get the most out of its features—new and old. Read more

Adding a Little Flair to DIY Videos

by John Clinton|July, 2018

Over the past decade, the emergence of platforms through which to broadly distribute any and all types of media has made video a major component of how businesses reach and engage consumers with products and services. Read further to learn how authors can use DIY video techniques to engage their readers. Read more

Twenty-First-Century Copyediting: Trends and Tips from a Longtime Copy Chief and Managing Editor

by Milena Schmidt|June, 2018

A book publisher’s ability to have a finger on the pulse of cultural trends, media, and technology is key to a successful strategy that affects just about every phase of the publishing process. Read more