Speaker

AN IN-DEMAND PRESENTER AND MENTOR, Tracy Beckerman has helped hundreds of writers expand their skills and their reach, and inspire them to go for their writing dreams. As a mom, a humorist, a syndicated columnist, a published author, and an expert in social media marketing and branding for writers, she brings a wealth of experience and a unique blend of humor, inspiration and information to her presentations.

In addition to informational sessions and workshops, Tracy also entertains groups with a stand-up style of comedy that draws from her popular column, Lost in Suburbia. Her varied presentations appeal to a wide variety of groups including, women’s groups, writing groups, community organizations, professional organizations, and university Writing, Journalism and Media classes.

Speaker-photo-Tracy-BeckermanTracy has spoken at numerous industry conferences, writing workshops, and schools including,
🔹The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop
🔹The National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference
🔹The American Society of Journalists and Authors conference
🔹The Windsor International Writers’ Conference
🔹College Media Association
🔹Blogher; Dad 2.0; Blogalicious; BloggyCon
🔹The University of Dayton, and more

If you are interested in having Tracy speak at your event, send an email to Tracy@lostinsuburbia.com

Testimonials:

“Huge thanks to Tracy Beckerman for the amazing session! I’m in ‘sponge mode’ (more like overload!) trying to soak up all this goodness! Inspiration galore.”

“Wonderful idea and program! Thanks for pulling it together!”

“Tracy, thank you for your class. I’ve been going back and forth between two blogs that I had started at various times and your class gave me a much better focus. You’re a great speaker!”

Tracy Beckerman was brilliant in first session of my first workshop! Thank you. Now I see what all the fuss is about.”

“Tracy Beckerman is a master of blog and website creation!”

Speaking and Conference presentation topics:

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 4.39.05 PMThis Ain’t Your Mother’s Résumé: Turning a Simple Blog into a Great Website

There was a time when you would have to mail a cover letter, your résumé and writing samples to an editor in order to get a writing job. Not anymore. These days your website is your résumé, and email is your cover letter. Writing samples? They’re hyperlinks to your work online. If you’re not optimizing your website to make it your most effective selling tool, you’re missing a huge opportunity to market yourself and get work. However, creating a great website can be incredibly intimidating. In this session, you’ll learn to how to turn a simple blog into a compelling website that catches an editor’s eye and increases readership.

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 4.35.50 PMSurrounding Your Brand:  How to Define Your Content, Stake Out Your Niche and Own Your Corner of the Writing World

For many years, Erma Bombeck’s name has been synonymous with heartfelt writing and authentic family humor. But in today’s over-saturated writing market, can your own name be enough to help you cut through the clutter, define your niche and find an audience? Clearly what you write is more important than what you call yourself. But having an instantly recognizable column or blog name can give you a real advantage.  In this session, learn how defining and surrounding your brand legally, promotionally, and across multiple social media platforms can help you grow your readership, increase your writing opportunities and make more money.

 

Six Million Dollar graphicThe Six Million Dollar Humor Column: How to Write Bigger, Funnier and Faster

Believe it or not, there is a science to humor, and although that sounds incredibly unfunny, these tried and true theories and techniques can make a big difference between a so-so humor column and a hilarious one. So what does it take to write a bigger, funnier and faster humor column?  Tracy Beckerman tells you how to pump up your humor writing so you can sell more columns and make $6 million, or at least a few bucks more than you are now.

 

so you want to be a syndicated columnistSo You Want to be a Syndicated Columnist?

Newspapers still need content and they still need columns. Plenty of opportunities for syndication still exist, whether they’re through traditional newspaper syndicates or the back doors and alternate strategies as revealed in this groundbreaking session. Learn how to put your best column forward and get it published in multiple newspapers.

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 8.07.49 PMBook Smarts:  Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

For many bloggers and columnists, the idea of becoming a published author is  very appealing. But from getting a literary agent to book marketing, the list of questions surrounding publishing is endless! Having self-published one book and traditionally published another, Tracy Beckerman will explain the pros and cons of both paths to publication.

 

 

Speed Dating for Writers

Based on a speed dating model that allows writers to learn a variety of perspectives from the pros in a short amount of time, Seasoned writers, marketers and agents will answer your questions and share writing and publishing tips.

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