News for Authors

A Letter from Our U.S. CEO, Madeline McIntosh

May, 2020

Dear authors and illustrators:

I hope you’re staying safe and well. I’m writing to you from what I now think of as one of several thousand Penguin Random House “offices” scattered across the country. We’re now into our third month of remote work, and so it seems a good time to let you know how we are doing, as a community and as a company. Read more

The Author’s Experience: How to Visit with Book Clubs

May, 2020

Jill Santopolo is vice president and associate publisher of Philomel Books, as well as the bestselling author of the novels More Than Words and The Light We Lost (a Reese’s Book Club pick). In this article, Santopolo offers tips on how to make your experience as a book club guest worthwhile for all involved, whether you are joining a local gathering or tuning in via video conference. Read more

Supporting You, Our Authors, and Our Retail Partners During the Coronavirus Crisis

by The Author Newsletter Team|April, 2020

Books have the power to connect and sustain us, particularly in times like these. Your mission—to create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire—and our mission—to connect those stories with readers everywhere—are more important than ever.  Read more

Author Portal & Newsletter Survey 2019

by The Author Newsletter Team|November, 2019

Calling all authors! We would love you to complete our quick survey. Your feedback helps advise our future content and enhancements, from monthly News for Authors mailings to the variety of resources on the Penguin Random House Author Portal. Read more

How to Win at Twitter

by Benjamin Dreyer|October, 2019

Benjamin Dreyer is the copy chief and managing editor of Random House, as well as the bestselling author of Dreyer’s English. Part of his success as an author has come from his engagement with Twitter. Read on to learn from Dreyer how to do Twitter right as an author. Read more

More Apps and Tools for Authors

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|September, 2019

As a follow-up to one of our most popular articles from 2017, “11 Apps and Tools to Make Your Writing Sessions More Productive,” we’re back to let you know about the latest apps, tips, and trends (and some book recommendations!) to cut out distractions and get the most out of your writing. Read more

Madeline’s Picks: Part 2

by The Author Newsletter Team|September, 2019

As we enjoy the remaining days of summer, here are some reading picks our U.S. CEO recently offered that transcend the seasons.  Read more

Identifying Forms of Harassment on Social Media

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|July, 2019

As we mentioned in a previous article, on your social media accounts, you get to determine the line between general negative comments and hate speech, threats of violence, or obscene language. But as online discourse gets louder and messier, it becomes harder to draw that line. In this article, we define common types of online harassment and explain how to report and deal with each. Read more

How Authors Can Use E-Courses to Boost Their Brand

by Stephanie Bowen|June, 2019

Online learning is a popular medium for readers and authors alike. E-courses can help you connect with your existing audience and expand your fan base by offering engaging, instructive content that goes beyond your book itself. In this article, we explore what makes an online course successful and how to determine if creating one is the right strategy for you and your book. Read more

Frequently Asked Question: Should I Start My Own Author Newsletter?

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|June, 2019

As the Penguin Random House “News for Authors” newsletter begins its eighth year, one frequently asked question from authors has become increasingly relevant: “Should I have an author newsletter, and how do I start one?” In this article, we share what’s new in the newsletter world and give some best practices for starting your own. Read more