News for Authors

Now Available: Author University Videos On Demand

by The Author Newsletter Team|May, 2021

In March, the Author Portal team brought you Author University, a live virtual masterclass for authors by authors. We’re thrilled to announce that all sessions from Author University are now available on demand for your viewing pleasure.

Our inaugural Author University event was a huge success, with programming across genres and topics. The two-day event was open to all Penguin Random House authors and featured author panelists who have found success in areas like social media, community engagement, newsletters, podcasts, and more. More than 1,110 authors registered for Author University, and authors from 22 countries joined the event across the two days.

We also had a robust group attend our virtual social hour, where we randomly sorted attendees into breakout rooms to connect with fellow PRH authors and chat about their experiences and takeaways from the panels. The overwhelmingly positive response to the social hour reaffirmed for the Author Portal team that facilitating a sense of connection and camaraderie among our authors is vital to your—and our—publishing success.

For those of who couldn’t attend or want to review the content again, we have good news: all the panel discussions from Author University are now available to view on the Author Portal! Simply hover over the Resources tab and click on Author University, and all the videos will appear. From conversations about reader engagement to the ins and outs of social media to showing up as your most authentic self as a writer, the panels offer powerful learnings about maximizing your authorial presence and leading with intention.

We also heard your feedback requesting more frequent, genre-specific programming; more content specifically designed for fiction and children’s authors; and more in-depth programming on select topics. To the more than two hundred of you who took the time to fill out our Author University survey, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas. We are thrilled to be bringing the program back in the fall, so stay tuned for more details about the next Author University in the coming months!