News for Authors

Identifying Forms of Harassment on Social Media

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2019

As we mentioned in a previous article, on your social media accounts, you get to determine the line between general negative comments and hate speech, threats of violence, or obscene language. But as online discourse gets louder and messier, it becomes harder to draw that line. In this article, we define common types of online harassment and explain how to report and deal with each. Read more

How Authors Can Use E-Courses to Boost Their Brand

by Stephanie Bowen|June, 2019

Online learning is a popular medium for readers and authors alike. E-courses can help you connect with your existing audience and expand your fan base by offering engaging, instructive content that goes beyond your book itself. In this article, we explore what makes an online course successful and how to determine if creating one is the right strategy for you and your book. Read more

Frequently Asked Question: Should I Start My Own Author Newsletter?

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|June, 2019

As the Penguin Random House “News for Authors” newsletter begins its eighth year, one frequently asked question from authors has become increasingly relevant: “Should I have an author newsletter, and how do I start one?” In this article, we share what’s new in the newsletter world and give some best practices for starting your own. Read more

Introducing: Madeline’s Picks!

by The Author Newsletter Team|June, 2019

When you’re the CEO of the biggest book publisher in the country, you’ve got a pretty long books-to-read list! Our undaunted leader/reader, Madeline McIntosh, gives us a peek at some of her favorite recently published books—novels, business titles, memoirs, and everything in between. Find something fresh to enjoy, recommended by someone who seriously, seriously reads books. Read more

Take Part in Election Day with Book the Vote

by Alex Hill|November, 2018

This fall, Penguin Random House announced Book the Vote, a nonpartisan company-wide initiative dedicated to encouraging voter registration and voter turnout. One of the pillars of the program is author engagement, and we saw dozens of authors take to social media for National Voter Registration Day to ask their readers and fans to take part. 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

Q&A with New CEO of Penguin Random House U.S.

by The Author Newsletter Team|May, 2018

Our newly announced CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., Madeline McIntosh, comes from a book-loving background. She has worked at PRH for more than twenty years in a variety of capacities, from editorial to digital and from sales to audio, from serving as chief operating officer to, most recently, overseeing the Penguin Publishing Group. Read more

Protecting Our Authors’ Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

by The Author Newsletter Team & The Penguin Random House Legal Department|April, 2018

The right to freedom of expression, and the protection of writers against censorship and unjust persecution, are indispensable to the development of society and culture. We at Penguin Random House are unwavering in our support of writers who seek out truth in their stories and stand with organizations that share in our commitment and devotion to free speech as a fundamental right. Read more

How to Build Your Online Author Community

by Neda Dallal and Phil Stamper-Halpin|April, 2018

Building a community of other writers, supporters, and readers is an important way for authors to spread the word about their work. In this article, we’ll provide tips on how to engage with authors and readers using social media, online events, and email. Read more

New on the Author Portal: Notification System & Annual Survey

by The Author Newsletter Team|March, 2018

You may have noticed a recent upgrade to the Author Portal: a site-wide notification system that keeps our authors up to date when any new information is added to their portals. Continue reading to learn more and to take our annual Author Portal, newsletter, and webinar survey. Read more