News for Authors

Navigating the Podcast World

by Phillip Stamper-Halpin with Zemen Kidane|October, 2017

As we’ve covered in previous posts, the podcasting trend has skyrocketed in recent years. But who are podcast listeners, how many of them are avid readers, and how can authors reach this key market? In this article, we compare readers and listeners to find some common ground. Read more

First-Year Experience: How Penguin Random House Reaches College Readers

by Sara Clemens & Alan Walker|September, 2017

First-Year Experience (FYE) is a program run by colleges and universities to help students transition from high school to college. To foster student participation in co-curricular events, hundreds of schools across the country include a Common (or Campus) Read as part of their FYE program for incoming freshmen. Read more

How Penguin Random House Gets Your Books into Libraries

by Jen Childs|August, 2017

Librarians play a key role in breaking out first-time authors and in helping expand the readership of growing and established authors. And for more than twenty-five years, the library marketing team has been a leader in supporting and marketing books to these essential partners. Read on to learn how we get your books into the hands of librarians across the country. Read more

How to Connect with Fans on Goodreads

by The Author Newsletter Team|August, 2017

Many readers use Goodreads to discover new books and interact with their favorite authors. Read on to learn about what’s new on Goodreads and find out how you can connect with your fans on this engaging platform. Read more

What Factors Influence an Impulse Buy? (Infographic)

by Zemen Kidane|June, 2017

Impulse versus planned buying is an area of consumer insights that has long fascinated marketers and researchers. Understanding the types of consumers that purchase books on a whim and the motivations behind their purchases can help inform a publisher’s marketing and sales campaigns. Read more

Why and How Authors Should Survey Readers

by Phil Stamper-Halpin with Alex Alman|April, 2017

With the various forms of communication authors can use to reach their readers—newsletters, social media, speaking engagements, and more—it can be difficult to know what content resonates the most. Read more

The Growing World of Fan Conventions & How You Can Get Involved

by Lindsey Elias|March, 2017

Our in-house experts share their thoughts on picking the right shows to attend and their tips for getting the most out of the experience, whether you’re speaking on a panel, exhibiting on your own, or attending a show with Penguin Random House. Read more

Two Ways We’re Connecting Readers with Books this Holiday Season

by The Author Newsletter Team|December, 2016

Holiday gifts come in all shapes and sizes (we prefer the book-shaped kind), and there’s more than one way to give. Holiday giving is not only about giving gifts, but also about giving back. Read more

Subway Reads: Connecting Penguin Random House Authors with NYC Commuters

by David Zimmer|September, 2016

Last month Penguin Random House launched Subway Reads, a special eight-week joint promotion in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Transit Wireless, providing subway commuters with access to five free Penguin Random House e-shorts, as well as extensive samples from more than 175 of our full-length books, to enjoy underground.  Announced on August 28 by New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, the promotion celebrates the installation of free wireless connectivity in more than 175 underground stations throughout New York City. 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