On July 21 through July 24, the Catholic Marketing Network held its 19th Annual International Trade Show at the Garden State Exhibition Center in New Jersey. Over 150 exhibitors displayed religious medals, statues, publications, art works, jewelry, etc. designed and manufactured around the world. Hundreds of religious stores in the United States sent purchasers to view and order the available items wholesale so that they might resell them at retail.
The Catholic Writers Guild held its convention in conjunction with the CMN trade show. Published authors from around the United States met to discuss writing techniques and marketing possibilities. As a member of the CWG, I was able to take advantage not only of the common 40% discounts offered by the CMN, but also to promote my books. In addition, I met such Catholic luminaries as Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and other well-known members of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The photographer who took the picture on the left of Fr. Pavone and myself thought he saw a halo around our heads, but it was just wall lights–unfortunately.