The Christian Product Expo/Munce Group Event
Would you like the opportunity to speak to 100 book retailers or book store owners all at once?
The CPE is That Opportunity
On Monday and Tuesday, January 21st and 22nd, I, along with a small group of traditionally published authors representing the Christian Authors Network, attended the annual Christian Product Expo CPE/Munce Group at the huge Hershey Lodge and Conference Center, Hershey, PA. As a member of CAN, I was asked to give a ten-minute presentation about my books to over 100 independent book store owners and retailers at a breakfast Tuesday morning. After the breakfast, six of us authors autographed books that our publishers had provided for us. I thank the Lord that he opened up this opportunity of a lifetime to give a snapshot review of my Keystone Stables Series and my latest series, The Loves of Snyder County, to book buyers from all over. This meeting of authors and retailers, I believe, could only lead to more book sales, which makes everyone smile.
Also attending this three-day convention were 98 exhibitors (mostly book publishers) displaying their products: books, Bibles, gifts, jewelry, music, and church resources. Of course, their main interest in being at the convention was to advertise and sell their products to the book store owners and retailers. The schedule also included a Bible conference on Sunday, training workshops, roundtable discussions, and fellowship at meals during the three days, open to all the retailers, publishers, and authors.
What is the “Munce Group?”
The “Munce Group,” named after Chairman of the Board Bob Munce, is the Christian Product Expo’s smaller conference held in central PA every year in January. Its counterpart, the larger CPE is held every fall in different locations in the USA. This year, it will be held at the Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN on September 22-24th.
I’ve never attended this larger convention, but I’ve heard it’s massive and takes all of the three days to “enjoy” it. I’d love to attend, but I understand it’s by invitation only, and since it’s in Tennessee, it might not work for me to make this year’s convention anyway. I suppose if I pursued any of my four publishers, who might have exhibitors’ booths at this affair, any one of them could extend an invitation for me to represent them and have a book signing at their vending spot.
But at the moment, I’m still reflecting on the wonderful experience I just had at Hershey’s Munce Event, representing the CAN group, my books, and myself.
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