News for Authors

Five Ways to Eliminate Distractions During Your Writing Sessions

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|October, 2018

While juggling speaking engagements, social media, reviewing copy edits, and reading books for blurbs—or for fun—you may often find it difficult to focus on the part of your life that got you here in the first place: your writing! In this article, we give you tips on how to reduce distractions, increase focus, and get back to writing. Read more

Refresher: Getting the Most out of the Penguin Random House Author Portal

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|August, 2018

From royalties and sales data to anti-piracy tools and marketing tips, the Penguin Random House Author Portal makes a lot of information available to you. In this article, we’ll break down some key features you might not be aware of, and reintroduce you to the online Author Questionnaire. Read more

Twenty-First-Century Copyediting: Trends and Tips from a Longtime Copy Chief and Managing Editor

by Milena Schmidt|June, 2018

A book publisher’s ability to have a finger on the pulse of cultural trends, media, and technology is key to a successful strategy that affects just about every phase of the publishing process. Read more

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|January, 2017

As we start a new year, it’s common for authors to set goals and resolutions for their writing. In this article, Penguin Random House editors chime in with New Year’s resolution ideas for writers. Read more

From the Editor: Getting Ahead with Revisions

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|March, 2016

Revisions can be a challenging part of the writing process, but also one full of opportunity. In this delicate stage, authors look at their work from a fresh perspective. But knowing which mistakes to look out for can be a challenge. We’ve asked our fiction and nonfiction editors about common pitfalls they see in early drafts and how authors can overcome them.

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How to Master Your Next Speaking Engagement

by Andrea Bachofen and Milena Schmidt|March, 2016

There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting with fans at readings and speaking engagements. But this can also be nerve-racking, because not everyone is a natural public speaker. Whether you’re planning on speaking at a smaller event such as a book club or at a large conference, experts from the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau and publicity teams share tips to help you own the room and make a lasting impression.

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Creating Reality in Fiction Writing

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|February, 2016

To the outside world, fiction writing gives an author unlimited freedom. From fantasy to contemporary and all genres in between, an author chooses—and often invents—the story’s setting, environment, culture, dialect, and technology, among other key elements.

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Newsletter Know-How: Ways to Effectively Reach Readers

by Mary Stone|November, 2015

The most important thing to keep in mind when developing your newsletter is that you are writing for people who actively want to hear from you. A newsletter is a great way to get your most-invested readers interested in your new book and to keep in touch between publications. You can also use it to draw attention to your social media channels or find new followers. Read more

Lights, Camera, Action: A New Video Studio for Penguin Random House

by Andrea Bachofen|January, 2015

Building on the success of the existing Hudson Street video studio, Penguin Random House recently opened the door to a second state-of-the-art facility at 1745 Broadway in New York.

To accompany the new facility, Penguin Random House has significantly expanded the video production and services team. We caught up with John Clinton, director of digital video, to find out more about the new facility and how video teams at both locations can support our authors. Read more

Is Email Worth It?

by By Sophie McNeill|December, 2013

Lately it seems that we spend a lot of time talking about social media, and much less time on email. But with the rise of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever before. Is email still a worthwhile tool for communicating with readers? If so, how do we get the most out of it?

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