Frequently Asked Questions

I’m planning an event. What kind of speakers do you represent?

Random House Speakers Bureau represents a wide range of speakers, including bestselling authors, Nobel, Pulitzer, and Newbery Prize winners, scientists, journalists, historians, politicians, entertainers, and business leaders.

What if I want to book a speaker that is not on your roster?

Random House Speakers Bureau can assist you with inquiries regarding Random House LLC authors not listed on our website. Even if the speaker you are looking for is outside the Random House family, we can still negotiate on your behalf with an outside speakers bureau.

I don’t have a particular speaker in mind. Can you give me suggestions?

We are happy to provide recommendations and can help you find the best speaker for your event in any price range.

What type of events do you book for your speakers?

Random House Speakers Bureau handles all types of speaking engagements both public and private. Our speakers deliver keynote lectures, they speak at Freshman Year Experience programs, medical conferences, libraries, schools and universities, corporations, private clubs and associations, and Community Read programs. Beyond standard lectures, our speakers present breakout sessions at conferences, student workshops, and we can even arrange for Skype / video conference events when travel is not an option. No matter what you’re looking for, we can help create an event experience custom fit to your needs.

How does a speakers bureau actually work?

Random House Speakers Bureau (and other accredited lecture agencies) represents our clients for paid speaking engagements. If you have a budget to bring in a speaker, contact us and we will help you find a speaker in your price range. Once you’ve decided on a speaker we will work with you every step of the way from discussing the speaker’s fee and travel terms, to issuing the contract, to booking travel arrangements, to coordinating book sales.

How much will it cost to invite a speaker to lecture at my event?

We represent speakers in all price ranges. While every speaker has a standard fee, costs can vary based upon the length and requirements of the engagement. Venues are responsible for all travel expenses associated with the event. If budget is a concern for you we suggest looking for a speaker in your area. Please email us and we’ll be happy to discuss costs for individual speakers in more detail.

How are travel arrangements made?

Travel to and from the event including ground transportation in the speaker’s home city will be booked by the Random House Speakers Bureau. Following the event, we will invoice you for these costs along with any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the speaker. The host of the event is responsible for directly booking local hotel accommodation as needed, as well as arranging for ground transportation in the event city.

Will you provide additional support for my event?

We are happy to liaise with your press department and can provide you with speaker photographs, jacket images, and biographies to facilitate your promotional efforts. Your bureau agent can also act as a liaison for interview requests from local media outlets.

Can I order books for a signing following my event?

We consider book sales to be an important component of all our events and our speakers will be happy to sign copies of their books following the lecture. We will help you bring in a local bookseller to sell at the event or we can assist you in ordering books directly. Random House offers significant discounts for bulk orders.

Can you put me in touch with a speaker directly?

Due to privacy concerns we cannot disclose our speakers’ personal contact information. Any personal communication you send to us will be forwarded to the speaker.

I don’t want to book an event, but what if I want to arrange a media interview with one of your speakers?

Please email us details of your request and state in the subject line of your email that it is a media request. We can pass along your request to the speaker’s publicist.

I’m a speaker looking for representation. How do I become a part of Random House Speakers Bureau?

We evaluate potential speakers based on several criteria to ensure that a speaker will be a good fit for our bureau. In order to be considered as a speaker, please email us a detailed speaking resume (including dates of recent events and received honorarium) and a link to lecture video, if available. We will be in touch should we like to give you further consideration.