News for Authors

Our Continued Commitment to Print

by Annette Danek-Akey|May, 2017

It’s been well documented, after years of debate and concern, that print books are here to stay and can easily coexist with digital books. We have many successful digital imprints across Penguin Random House, but we also have a continued commitment to print. Read on to learn more about how our fulfillment teams support our print books and authors. Read more

Retail and Book-Buying Insights from the 2016 Holiday Season

by Andrea Bachofen|February, 2017

The end of 2016 provided valuable insights into trends we saw throughout the year, and a glimpse at what we might expect this year. Read on to learn about what happened across retail channels and in the book industry specifically, and what’s in store for 2017. Read more

Penguin Random House Publishing Highlights: 2016

by The Author Newsletter Team|January, 2017

As we ring in 2017, we look back on the previous year, which was filled with success for many of our talented authors. We look forward to working closely with many of you in 2017, and to celebrating many more successes! Read more

Introducing the Online Author Questionnaire

by The Author Portal Team|December, 2016

We’re excited to announce a major upgrade to the Author Portal: the online Author Questionnaire, which gives you the ability to submit information about yourself and your upcoming titles to help shape marketing and publicity strategies for your next book. We have also updated the Profile Page to make it much easier for you to update personal information in our records. Read on to learn more about how you should use these tools. Read more

Serialized Storytelling: The Comeback Story

by Alana Buckbee|December, 2016

Serialized fiction has had a place in the literary canon for hundreds of years—perhaps thousands if we consider Scheherazade weaving cliff-hangers night after night to outlast her husband’s cruel marital policies. Read more

Behind the Scenes: Designing Your Book’s Interior

by Andy Hughes and Cassandra Pappas|August, 2016

Nearly all books are still made of ink on paper, whether printed on a conventional offset press or the more recent digital presses. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein: a book is still a book is still a book. But for each title we publish, the process of getting the book to press differs greatly. Read on to learn more about the interior design and print production processes at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Read more

Book Publishing: Still A Stable Business

by Dave Thompson|August, 2016

People love to talk about the death of the publishing industry, but as we’ve shown time and time again, the truth is another matter. The AAP recently released its industry-wide annual report of 2015 data, and here are some key takeaways. Read more

Behind the Scenes: Designing Your Book’s Cover

by Helen Yentus|July, 2016

In all areas of production, a great deal of time and thought is put into how to attract readers and turn them into lifelong fans of your work. But authors rarely get to see this process. For this article, we interviewed Helen Yentus, art director at Riverhead, and asked her to guide us through the multifaceted world of cover design. Read more

The Evolution of Copy in Marketing Your Book

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|June, 2016

Behind the scenes, your Penguin Random House teams are hard at work crafting copy that will draw readers in with a few sentences while still getting across your book’s essence. From web copy to flap copy, this relatively veiled field of publishing has evolved for all genres over the last decade. Read more

The State of the Book App

by Katherine McCahill with Andrea Bachofen|June, 2016

With more than 1.5 million apps available in Apple’s App Store, the business of book apps is a competitive landscape. We spoke with Katherine McCahill, senior director of digital development, to find out how Penguin Random House approaches this space, and what the future of book apps looks like. Read more