News for Authors

On Writing: Creating Characters and Maintaining Continuity in Writing

by Milena Schmidt |October, 2015

Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, you can become immersed in telling a story and lose sight of details such as character traits, plot, chronology, and more. We asked authors to share anonymously how they develop characters and maintain continuity within the unique worlds they’ve created. Read more

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How Do You Know When You’re Done Writing?

by MILENA SCHMIDT|August, 2015

At some point, every author has grappled with the question of how to know when you’re done writing your work-in-progress. From obsessing over the last few lines to getting lost in endless revisions, it’s hard to know when you’ve crossed the finish line from manuscript to final book. We asked Penguin Random House authors and editors to share how they know a book is truly done. Read more

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8 Great Ways to Start the Writing Process

by Milena Schmidt|February, 2015

Getting the first sentence on paper can be one of the most difficult challenges a writer faces. Read on for ideas from eight authors on how to kick-start the writing process. These excerpts come from Write Start, a new Biographile series that shares tips, advice, and poignant personal stories from popular fiction and non-fiction authors. (Biographile is Penguin Random House’s site dedicated to biography, memoir, and truth in fiction.)

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9 Ways to Prepare for Your On-Sale Date

by Andrea Bachofen|October, 2014

For debut and seasoned authors alike, the time just before your book’s publication can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. To help with the latter, we asked a few Penguin Random House authors and editors to offer their best advice for authors nearing their publication date.

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10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

by Andrea Bachofen|September, 2014

We asked some of our authors to anonymously share their best ideas on how to beat writer’s block. Read on for inspiration.

(If you would like to contribute to this series, see the note at the end of the article.) Read more

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The Best Suggestion I Ever Got From My Editor

by Andrea Bachofen|August, 2014

We asked some authors to share the best advice they have ever received from their Penguin Random House editors.

Below, we explore the evergreen topic of the best editorial advice you have received. Next month, we’ll explore the question “How do you overcome writer’s block?” Submit your answers for inclusion here. Read more