News for Authors

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

How to Take a Great Book Photo for Social Media

by Neda Dallal|May, 2019

Book photos are a great way to promote your book on social media and cultivate a bookish aesthetic. Read more to learn some handy tips and tricks for taking your own beautiful book-related pictures. Read more

Updates on IGTV: Tips and Learnings for Authors

by Richard Wylde|April, 2019

Instagram’s vertical video hub, IGTV, launched last summer and has since seen several significant developments. (If you need a refresher, read our initial report here for an overview of IGTV’s features and a walkthrough of its technical aspects.) This article looks at recent changes, and brings you up to speed on what you need to know. Read more

Four Tips on Creating Your Own Bookstagram

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|March, 2019

Bookstagrammers—Instagram users who focus on artfully staged book photos and/or reviews—have become an integral part of the bookish community. In this article, we’ll provide tips on how authors can bring a “Bookstagram” flair to their Instagram presence. Read more

Five Tips on Taking a Good Author Photo

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|February, 2019

Your official author photos will become one of your most-used assets throughout the publishing process, from publicity to production. In this article, we offer tips on how to get good, multi-purpose author photos. Read more

Book Blogging with Tumblr

by Neda Dallal|January, 2019

The blogging site, Tumblr is one of the more dynamic and versatile social media platforms out there. In this article, you’ll learn some tips on using Tumblr to promote your books in creative and interesting ways. Read more

Editing Photos Effectively with Instagram

by Dan Vecchitto|December, 2018

You may think of Instagram as a social media platform, but did you know that the app also works as a simple and effective photo editor? If you want to spruce up a photo—tweaking the brightness, colors, sharpness, or overall tone—and don’t have access to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Instagram is a great choice. In this article, we’ll show you how to edit a photograph on Instagram and then save it, without the need to post it on your social media timeline. Read more

Marketing Your Book: What You Need to Prepare for Your Book Launch

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|November, 2018

As you approach your book’s launch date, whether you’re a debut author or a seasoned veteran, you’ll face the challenge of finding or creating the materials to market your book, especially those fit for online spaces. In this post, we list some things you’ll need to prepare for your launch. Read more

Using Pinterest to Visualize Your Author Brand

by Neda Dallal|October, 2018

Among the various forms of social media, Pinterest has unique ways to help readers discover your books. Whether you’re new to the platform or a longtime user, read on for tips on how to boost your Pinterest profile and use it as a promotional tool. 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