News for Authors

Penguin Random House Publishing Highlights: 2022

by Penguin Random House U. S.|January, 2023

As we ring in the new year, it’s a great time to look back on the many successes our talented authors achieved in 2022. We are excited to work closely with many of you in 2023, and to celebrate more coming accomplishments!

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Talking Pride, Book Banning, and Social Justice with Robert Jones, Jr.

by PRH LQBTQ+ Network|November, 2022

Robert Jones, Jr., is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Prophets, which won the 2022 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction, and was named one of the best books of 2021 by TimeEntertainment WeeklyUSA TodayThe Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, among others. His writings have been featured in The New York TimesEssence, and The Paris Review, as well as in the critically acclaimed anthologies Four Hundred Souls and The 1619 Project. He has also been a guest panelist for PRH’s online seminar for authors, Author University. This interview was originally conducted in June 2022 for Igloo, Penguin Random House’s internal news hub.

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Designing a Book Cover with Grace Han

by Jacky Bethea|October, 2022

The cover is a major component of the first impression of a book. Eye-catching colors, recognizable themes, and aesthetically pleasing text can make a big difference upon a potential reader’s first glance at a new novel. Grace Han, associate director of design at Riverhead, understands this all too well. Here are some insights about the design ingredients of an iconic book cover.

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Our 2021–2022 Social Impact Report

by Penguin Random House U. S.|August, 2022

At Penguin Random House, our mission—to ignite a universal passion for reading by creating books for everyone—guides us daily. It fuels our desire to not only publish with excellence, but help narrow the gap between the world today and the world we aspire to, one that is more just, healthy, and equitable.

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Moments: Publishing Trends and Key Occasions for Fall 2022

by Grant Griglak |July, 2022

At Penguin Random House, direct communication and relationships with readers are key to marketplace success, and strong consumer marketing and outreach begin with understanding our audience. Penguin Random House Consumer Insights is excited to present Moments Fall 2022, a report that predicts consumer sentiment and behaviors we can expect during the coming quarter.

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Navigating the Author – Indie Relationship: An Interview with Devin Rutland, In-House Sales Manager

by Neda Dallal|July, 2022

Bookstores offer key support for authors, and no one knows that better than Devin Rutland, an in-house sales rep who sells books to indies across the country. Read on to learn about Rutland’s newly created role and why the author-bookstore relationship is so fundamental to bookselling.

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Five Tips on Working with Your Editor

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|June, 2022

From acquisitions to publication (and beyond!), you’ll be working closely with your editor through the entire process. We reached out to editors across the company to come up with these five tips.

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Moments: Publishing Trends and Key Occasions for Spring 2022

by Grant Griglak |December, 2021

At Penguin Random House, direct communication and relationships with readers are key to marketplace success, and strong consumer marketing and outreach begin with understanding our audience. Penguin Random House Consumer Insights is excited to present Moments Spring 2022, a report that predicts consumer sentiment and behaviors we can expect during the coming quarter.

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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

Penguin Random House’s 2020 Social Impact Report

by The Author Newsletter Team|June, 2021

We are pleased to share Penguin Random House’s 2020 Social Impact Report, which summarizes our 2020 global commitment to serving our communities beyond the books we publish. Read more