News for Authors

Editor Tip: 6 Ways to Strengthen Your Supporting Characters

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|August, 2017

For fiction writers, a critical part of building the world for your main character is introducing other interesting, authentic characters. In this article, our editors provide tips to strengthen supporting characters. Read more

11 Apps and Tools to Make Your Writing Sessions More Productive

by Phillip Stamper-Halpin|July, 2017

Whether you write fifty words a day or five thousand, you have a writing process that works for you. Whatever your process, we suggest some tips on how to cut distractions and get the most out of your writing sessions. 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

Tips for Effective Story Structure

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|September, 2016

Some writers outline their stories heavily, while others let the words and ideas flow as they come to them. In the end, there is no one-size-fits-all way to plot a story. Read on for some tips and tricks from our editors about structuring your next book. Read more

What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2016

While titles, covers, and marketing copy are all important ways to attract a reader to your book, the first page of the book itself has an equally critical role: it offers readers a glimpse of your writing style and the story that follows. Read more

6 Tips for Writing an Engaging Author Blog Post

by Milena Schmidt|May, 2016

Engaging blog posts are a great way to connect with fans and give readers another reason to visit your site. Whether you’ve been thinking about starting an author blog or already have one, we’ve gathered tips to help create engaging posts that will inspire readers to revisit your site and share your content.   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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Maintaining Continuity: Tales from the Copy Editor

by Milena Schmidt|November, 2015

We recently learned about the challenges authors face in maintaining continuity while writing. Fortunately, a key stage in the editorial process helps ensure that a book is, ultimately, the best version of itself it can be. Some authors have been known to praise copy editors as publishing’s unsung heroes. We checked in with a Random House copy editor to learn about what she looks for in a manuscript and how she gets the job done. Read more

Holiday Haikus for Hunger

December, 2013

Random House is teaming up with Twitter this holiday season to help you spread good cheer and fight hunger with haikus! From December 12 through 31, Random House will donate one dollar (up to 2,000 dollars) to City Harvest for every holiday haiku shared on Twitter. City Harvest is a nonprofit that provides meals to hungry New Yorkers. Be sure to include the hashtag #holidayhaiku to make your tweet count.

Need some ideas? Create a haiku about a favorite holiday memory, tell friends and family how much you love them, or share a message of peace to everyone, everywhere.

Tagged: ,