News for Authors

5 Social Media Tips for Authors in 2022

by Alyssa Castaneda|January, 2022

Happy New Year! I’m Alyssa Castaneda, Associate Director of Social Media for Penguin Random House. I joined PRH in April 2021 after five years at adidas, where I helped lead their global social media strategy as well as manage @adidas and @adidasWomen across all platforms. At adidas, I learned to love culture, the people and stories that shape culture, and social media’s role within all of it. I’m so excited to bring my skills and knowledge to Penguin Random House, where we get to work on incredible books and with authors like you.

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In Conversation with the Experts: The Future of Multicultural Marketing

by Susette Brooks|December, 2021

My colleagues and I have been anxiously awaiting the holiday season, since it’s the perfect time to slow down and reflect on the year past. Now that the holidays are upon us, I contacted multicultural marketing experts Anthony Key, director of multicultural marketing for Penguin Random House, and Christine Hung, executive director of audience development for Knopf Doubleday, to chat about the future of multicultural marketing. Here are some insights from our conversation.

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An Introduction to Multicultural Marketing

by The Author Newsletter Team|October, 2021

At Penguin Random House, we recognize that our book buyers are individuals with a wide range of intersectional identities. Those identities—formed within the social and political constructs of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, and even geography—help inform their experiences and drive many of their choices. While many factors affect consumer behavior, PRH understands cultural identity is an important touchstone as we seek to better understand the needs of our readers. Read more

Using Social Audio to Connect with Your Readers

by Kelsey Manning |September, 2021

A team of marketers and publicists across Penguin Random House recently conducted internal research and testing of the social audio landscape, and we’re excited to share some key takeaways. Dive in if you are curious!

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Engaging and Collaborating with Influencers

by Neda Dallal|August, 2021

Influencers and “Bookstagrammers” in the online community can be some of the most vocal and passionate advocates for your books. Read on for ways to engage with these influencers and give your book some extra visibility! Read more

Should I Start My Own Author Newsletter? (Revisited)

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|June, 2021

In this marketing tip, we look back on an article of ours that addresses the questions: “Should I have an author newsletter? And how do I start one?” These questions have become even more relevant over the last two years, so read on to find out what’s new in the newsletter space. Read more

Supporting & Working With Independent Bookstores

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|May, 2021

Bookstores love to support local authors, especially independent stores, which can put extra effort into promoting an author and hand-selling books to readers. In this article, we discuss ways to work with independent bookstores when promoting your book. Read more

The Waiting Period: Five Tips for Maximizing Your Presence Before Book Promotion Begins

by Neda Dallal|April, 2021

Once you’ve completed the editing process for your manuscript to the mutual satisfaction of you and your editor, you’re probably eager to get started on promoting your book. And in the waiting period before active book promotion begins, there are several actions you can take to boost your presence and make for a seamless promotional process when the time comes! Read more

Using TikTok to Cultivate New Audiences

by Neda Dallal|March, 2021

TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms of the moment, with attractive features and seemingly endless amounts of content. In this piece, we’ll dive into the ins and outs of TikTok and discuss how you might use the platform to spread the word about your books. Read more

How to Write a Great Pub Day Email

by Taylor Noel|February, 2021

You’ve been working hard promoting your book in the months leading up to publication, and now the day is finally here! In this post, you’ll learn some essential tips for writing an effective and enticing pub day email to all your contacts. Read more