News for Authors

Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards: Celebrating 25 Years of Fostering the Freedom to Create with Young Writers

by The Author Newsletter Team|September, 2018

As part of PRH’s ongoing commitment to creativity, literacy, and diversity, we recently celebrated the twenty-fifth annual Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards. Read on to learn about the ceremony and the talented award recipients. Read more

Tips and Tools: Getting the Most out of Microsoft Word and Office 365

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2018

Whether you’re a digital native or you picked up those skills later in life, you’ve probably noticed that extensive changes are made every few years to some of our most-used computer programs, though these changes aren’t always communicated or utilized. In this article, we take a deep dive into Microsoft Word and Office 365 to see how authors can get the most out of its features—new and old. Read more

How to Create a Healthy Working Environment Anywhere

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|January, 2018

Whether you’re working in a home office or writing on the go, these tips can be beneficial to your personal health. In this article, we go over ergonomic practices that could help you reduce writing-related injuries and improve productivity. Read more

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.

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