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Photo Recap of Writer’s Digest Conference, 2012

I just finished an incredible couple of days mingling with writers at Writer’s Digest Conference, 2012.

As usual, the event takes place in New York City, home of tall buildings:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

The calm before the storm:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

A first look at the crowd, about 400 writers in attendance:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

The keynote by A.J. Jacobs, sharing his amusing experiences writing about his life:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

A common appearance: laptops, iPads, and mobile phones, all taking notes:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

We got a bit of snow on Saturday, but nothing like what we received during the 2011 conference:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

And there were moments of sunshine:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

My session at the event: “Becoming an Author Entrepreneur”
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Me speaking:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

George Davis covers Christina Katz session:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

James Scott Bell’s session on craft was literally standing room only:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Lunch:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Some authors were selling and signing their wares. I picked up Barry Eisler’s book, as well as Christina Katz’:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Christina Katz signing her book:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Barry Eisler gave the keynote on Saturday, a very honest look at not just his views on publishing, but the revenue streams that support it:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

The crowd around Barry after his talk:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

The lineup for the Pitch Slam, where authors get something like 3 minutes to pitch agents with their book idea:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Agents waiting for writers:

Writers Digest Conference 2012

The floodgates are unleashed:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

And the lineups begin:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

My wife and son joined me at the venue. He is not yet writing:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

A night on the town with friends from the publishing world. New York lights even make slush look romantic:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Writer’s Digests’ own Phil Sexton introduce a panel I was on called “Hardcore Author Marketing”
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Kate Travers answering a question from the audience:
Writers Digest Conference 2012

Overall, a really great event. Thank you so much to the organizers, speakers, and everyone who attended!

  • http://www.janefriedman.com Jane Friedman

    :) Thanks for getting a photo of me & Porter, partners in crime!

  • http://virtualDavis.com virtualDavis

    Nostalgic for #WDC12? Meander @DanBlank’s photo montage! (You might even catch a glimpse of your earnest-author-self.) Bravo, Dan, well documented. Love the night street scene shot en route to dinner. :-)