Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Tracy Van Straaten Publicist Extraordinaire

Date(s) - 06/26/2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, June 26th 2:00-3:30pm CST
SCBWI-IL PAL and Published Members, please join us for a Food for Thought presentation

with Tracy van Straaten, former head of publicity for Scholastic’s Trade publishing division and now President and CEO of TvS Media Group, LLC.

Tracy will discuss a publicist’s role in modern book publishing. She’ll talk about what publicists do, how they do it, and what she’s learned along the course of her career. In addition, she’ll answer questions about the logistics of hiring a publicist.

Tracy Van Straaten’s current/forthcoming projects, include the upcoming Hunger Games novel,  The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (May 19, 2020) by Suzanne Collins,Yes No Maybe So (February 4, 2020) by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, and  Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers, A Story of Revolution and Art (September 2020) by Chicago based author and artists Amy Alznauer and The Zhou Brothers, among other projects.”

Food for Thought is occasional programming for Independently & PAL Published SCBWI Members


Registration open to PAL and Full (Independently Published) Members from May 26nd to June 24th :
Remember, upgrading your SCBWI Member Status to PAL or FULL is as easy as a few clicks!   If you’ve signed a contract for an upcoming PAL book or magazine article or have published an independent book, log into and go to your MEMBER PROFILE page.  Here, you can upload your new title into the bookstore.  This will automatically upgrade your member status to PAL or Full!  Take advantage of all that your SCBWI membership has to offer and update your member status by logging into your SCBWI MEMBER PROFILE today!


FFT Program Questions?: Email Rebecca Siegel or Mandy Caverzasi, your Food for Thought Coordinators, part of the PAL & Published Volunteer Team




MEMBER ONLY Registration begins on this page at noon CST on Friday, May 26th to Wednesday, June 24th.

—SCBWI Members $10
—Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event. If you do not receive a link by the morning of June 26th, email Jenny Wagh

—This is a live event. A recording will be available for one week after the event.
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Registration Questions?: Email  the Registrar , Jenny Wagh, Co-RA