The International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) was held last week in Orlando, Florida. ICRS is the largest gathering of Christian retailers that the industry holds. Sadly, Christian brick-and-mortar bookstores are dwindling, and along with them, ICRS is also facing fewer number of retail attendees each year.
Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) has exhibited our member publishers’ products at ICRS for the past 12 years. I have been a witness to the slowly receding show floor space and attendance figures. However, while the Christian retail stores are dwindling, I believe there is still value in ICRS.
The International Christian Retail Show is a place to learn about the industry, make connections, and gather inspiration. This year, ICRS had a number of workshops geared toward authors and publishers that provided valuable information and professional development. In addition, Christian media personnel were present and offered opportunities for authors to connect with the media and garner publicity.
In the following weeks, I will be sharing some of the information that was presented at ICRS here on my blog. In addition, I am excited about the connections CSPA made at the tradeshow. Due to some of these connections, we will be bringing our member publishers some new membership benefits as we move into the fall.
If you are not yet a member of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), I encourage you to join. We are offering a summer membership special of $120 for membership through December 2016—that’s 18 months of membership for less than $7 per month. Join today on CSPA’s website!
CSPA’s booth at ICRS was busy. We had author book signings almost every hour the exhibit floor was open on Monday and Tuesday. You can watch our slideshow to get a feel of what we did!