News for Authors

Snapchat 101

by Milena Schmidt |October, 2016

It’s time we looked at Snapchat, one of the fastest-growing and most-buzzed-about social platforms, with more than 200 million active users. Snapchat is known for its high concentration of millennial users, which makes it a great tool for connecting with the thirty-four-and-younger set.  However, recent reports show that older users are quickly taking to the app as well.  Read more

5 Steps to Making a Great Smartphone Video

by John Clinton|September, 2016

Making videos using a smartphone is a relatively simple and economical way to create valuable content. In fact, depending on the goal of the video, smartphone videos can often be more appropriate than slick professional videos. Smartphone videos can feel more personal and authentic, as you are talking directly to your readers. While viewers are generally forgiving when it comes to quality expectations, there are several things you can do to ensure yours hits a comfortable quality threshold. Read more

Litsy: A New Social Network for Book Lovers

by Milena Schmidt|August, 2016

Litsy is a new social network that is generating buzz among readers. The platform is best described as a cross between Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads, because of its highly visual, short-form, and book-centric nature. Litsy made its debut this spring as an iOS app. (Android and Web versions are currently in development.) Continue reading for an overview of Litsy, and learn how to effectively use it to connect with readers. Read more

Connecting with Readers on Facebook Live

by Milena Schmidt|July, 2016

Facebook Live is an exciting new way to connect with readers on the platform using live video. This month’s marketing tip shares everything you need to know about this new feature, and how you can use it to effectively promote your book and your brand. Read more

Tips on How to Create Your Online Community

by Emily Condlin|June, 2016

How can you go from just another voice on the web to an online destination with a devoted following? In last month’s Penguin Random House Author Webinar, Kate Rados, VP & director of community development of the Crown Publishing Group, gave tips on how to grow and develop online communities by attracting new readers and retaining existing ones. Keep reading to learn more about gaining traction and growing your following. Read more

6 Tips for Writing an Engaging Author Blog Post

by Milena Schmidt|May, 2016

Engaging blog posts are a great way to connect with fans and give readers another reason to visit your site. Whether you’ve been thinking about starting an author blog or already have one, we’ve gathered tips to help create engaging posts that will inspire readers to revisit your site and share your content.   Read more

5 Steps to Creating Great Digital-Video Metadata

by John Clinton|April, 2016

As an author, you can use video to connect with your readers in a number of ways: announcing the release of your latest book, answering fan questions, or even creating your own book trailer. These types of videos help readers learn more about your books and discover the personality behind the pages—but in an online world inundated by video, how can you make sure the right audience finds yours? Read on to learn about five easy steps to optimize metadata and help your videos reach your readers. Read more

Live Chats and Engaging with Readers

by Alana Buckbee|October, 2015

From Reddit AMAs (“Ask Me Anything”) to Periscope, live content is becoming an increasingly popular approach to interaction on the web. Nowadays, it seems every social media platform is making a play in this space. For authors, this can be a valuable (and relatively easy!) way to powerfully engage with readers and fans. Below is a quick roundup of a few opportunities for dipping your toe into the live content pool. Read more

Why Followers, Influencers, and Brands Should Be Your Best Friends

by Carly Gorga|September, 2015

Relationships can be hugely important in book publishing, and often these relationships begin with the author. Whether it’s an author’s relationship to his or her followers, a group of influencers, or particular brands, these connections can significantly impact the success of a book. This article explores some of these connections, citing examples of  relationship-driven campaigns that worked. I should note that although these strategies were used for cookbooks, the ideas are applicable to all genres, with a bit of creativity and flexibility. 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