Real quick, for real, this time.
I’m winding up a very quick trip to the New York City area. It’s the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, and I came up to help spread the word about Bambinelli Sunday - now available! For purchase!
What’s great is that illustrator Ann Englehart lives on Long Island, so I’m able to stay with her. She picked me up at JFK yesterday morning (yes I made my 6am flight), then we drove into Brooklyn and just wandered a bit. She showed me some of her favorite shops, we had a nice long light lunch here and then a wonderful dinner here. No museums, no big sites, just a part of the world I’d never experienced before and time well spent with a good friend, plotting out our next project….and yes, there is one!
Today we (well, she) drove over to Somerset, NJ, to the show. Leaving around 8:30 to make absolutely sure we would get there by 11, we were amazed to arrive by 10 – no traffic, even heading towards the city on a weekday morning.
Signed lots of books for all the great folks who come to trade shows like this – booksellers who are some of the unsung heroes of the frontline of pastoral ministry. They’re the people who take the calls, “My son isn’t taking his children to church – is there a book I can give them?” ”My daughter has questions about the faith – what do you suggest?” ”I want to start reading the Bible more – can you help me figure out where to start?”
Also had the chance to talk with a lot of great folks in Catholic media. We filmed an episode of Bookmark with Doug Keck. I spoke with Al Kresta, Teresa Tomeo, Donna Cooper O’Boyle, Daria Sockey, Jennifer Fitz, Lisa Wheeler and many others.
What’s odd is to unexpectedly run into people from back home, which was the case when we walked into the hotel lobby and I saw Ellen Marie Edmonds sitting there – Ellen Marie does beautiful, important work on dementia, and has an exciting new project related to the Sacred Heart. We’ve been on Johnette’s program together and she’s from Birmingham. I had no idea she was going to be at this show, so that was a nice surprise.
Trade shows, like everything else in publishing, are definitely in transition. I’ve been going to them for about 13 years now, and attendance and vendor participation is certainly lighter now than it was then. I understand that’s the case across the board – even the mega-gigantic CBA (the evangelical show) is much smaller now than it was when we went a couple of time in the early 2000′s. It’s still a good experience, though. It’s always good to see people, and tends to get the creative juices flowing
…we can only hope!
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