News for Authors

Between the Lines: A New Series from Penguin Random House & Creative Live

by The Author Newsletter Team|August, 2017

Calling all creators! Penguin Random House and CreativeLive, an online education platform with a creative community of experts, are proud to present a free series starting August 10, modeled on the successful 30 Days of Genius series. CreativeLive worked with authors from John Grisham to Margaret Atwood, who reveal what storytelling means to them and describe the stories that inspired their work. Read more

The State of the Audiobook

by MILENA SCHMIDT|September, 2015

A survey released last month by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) shows that the audiobook category grew disproportionately, in both titles published and unit sales, compared to the overall book industry in 2014. The APA’s annual sales survey revealed that sales in the audiobook category totaled more than $1.47 billion in 2014, up 13.5 percent from 2013, and the category also saw a significant increase in the number of titles published. The survey attributed that growth to the growing popularity of digital downloads and increased awareness of the audiobook format. Read more

How to Create Ambassadors for Your Book

by Sophie Mcneill|August, 2015

When we think about how authors can promote their books, we often think about their websites and social media reach. But did you know that some of your biggest assets may be closer to home: your friends, family, acquaintances, and other connections? We caught up with Christina Foxley, senior marketing manager for Harmony Books, to find out what advice she typically offers to help authors build their networks and create ambassadors for their books. Read more

The State of the eBook

by Emily Condlin|April, 2015

Recent reports suggest that eBook growth has plateaued and millennials haven’t been adopting digital reading at the same rate as their parents. Are eBooks still the future?

We sat down with Liisa McCloy-Kelley, Vice President, Director, eBook Development and Innovation, to learn more about the eBook landscape and how the format is developing.

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Why Our Lawyers May Be Among Your Earliest Readers

by Emily Condlin |March, 2015

Some books require an extra step in the publishing process: the legal vet or legal read. For many authors, news that their manuscript has been sent to the legal department can be intimidating, so we sat down with Executive Vice President and General Counsel Katherine Trager to find out more about the process and what it really means. Keep reading to learn what kind of manuscripts go to the legal department, and what issues the team looks for.

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Lights, Camera, Action: A New Video Studio for Penguin Random House

by Andrea Bachofen|January, 2015

Building on the success of the existing Hudson Street video studio, Penguin Random House recently opened the door to a second state-of-the-art facility at 1745 Broadway in New York.

To accompany the new facility, Penguin Random House has significantly expanded the video production and services team. We caught up with John Clinton, director of digital video, to find out more about the new facility and how video teams at both locations can support our authors. Read more

Small World: What’s New in International Sales

by Sophie McNeill|November, 2014

The international sales team sells Penguin Random House books in over 240 countries worldwide. We caught up with international sales executive Chris Dufault to talk about why there is such high overseas demand for American editions of books, the global growth of U.S. popular culture, and what authors can do to help their own international sales.

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How to Ace Your Media Interview

by Sally Marvin, with Sophie McNeill|November, 2013

Your writing may be a winner, but talking to the media can be a whole different ball game. Follow these tips to take your interview performance to the next level.

Spotlight: Managing Store Inventory

by Sophie McNeill|October, 2012

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is a hot topic in business circles and a capability that Random House has been developing for some time. To get at the meaning behind the management-speak, we sat down with Nihar Malaviya, our SVP, director of  strategy, analytics & program development, and Alyssa Oles, manager of supply chain projects and business analytics.

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