Ready for Publishing Camp NYC?

Publishing Camp NYC

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s nothing you can’t do,
Now you’re in New York!!!
These streets will make you feel brand new,
the lights will inspire you,
Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z, Alicia Keys

For all the talk of disintermediation, real and exaggerated, New York City is still the metaphorical heart, if no longer the primary physical home, of the publishing industry. All of the major publishers and myriad smaller ones are based here, and despite the increasing amount of  influence intermediaries like Amazon and their Silicon Valley competitors have, they’re no strangers to NYC airports.

Starting today and running through next Wednesday, more than 1,500 authors, publishing professionals, booksellers, librarians and technologists will be gathered at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Manhattan for the 2011 Writer’s Digest Conference and Digital Book World 2011. While I may be a little biased, few could argue that the attendee lists for both events are as impressive as their respective speaker lists. I have the great fortune of participating in both events, giving a couple of presentations and moderating a couple of panels, all with one common thread: engaging readers.

WDC11

DBW11

Besides my direct participation, I’m also looking forward to sitting in on a number of sessions at each conference, but these five are my can’t miss sessions:

Beyond the sessions, the best part of any conference is being able to spend time talking to smart people from a variety of backgrounds, and both WDC11 and DBW11 are sponsoring fun gatherings to accommodate that:

If you’re attending either conference, please be sure to introduce yourself. I’ll be a little less frantic at WDC11 than DBW11, but no matter what I’m in the middle of, I always enjoy putting faces to names (and avatars) so don’t be shy!

And if you’re not able to attend, you can still follow along on Twitter via the #wdc11 and #dbw11 hashtags.

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Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

As in guillotine. Old/new media pragmatist. Sometimes loud, one-time poet, still opinionated. Reading, writing, running, gaming, soccer, beer.

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