Small Seeds for a Great Harvest"
A friendly starting place for budding authors (and published authors, too!)
Hi! I'm Candy Abbott, managing partner of Fruitbearer Publishing, LLC.
My husband, Drew, and I began the company in July 1999. We are committed to high quality products and personalized service. Fruitbearer Publishing LLC works diligently to keep in step with the Spirit.
When you come to Fruitbearer with your manuscript, you're not "self-publishing," you're approaching an "independent publisher" or "small press" where you will be able to interact with professional editors, artists,and designers who will walk you step-by-step through the publishing process. This is a cooperative venture between you, the author, and Fruitbearer, the publisher. Simply put, this is a cross between self-publishing and traditional publishing where you retain all the control but have none of the headaches. While Fruitbearer authors invest in pre-press expenses, they receive the lion's share of the profit without having to navigate the maze of publishing details and risks on their own. Fruitbearer authors also receive a royalty for sales generated by the distributor.
The whole publishing industry is changing by leaps and bounds, and we're doing our best to keep abreast of the latest technology. Our goal is to convert our titles to e-books. With Print On Demand (POD) you can order as few as one book instead of having to print a thousand books at a time and load up your attic or garage. We offer nationwide--even worldwide--distribution and fulfillment. All our titles are listed on Amazon, and we include a website design/hosting service as part of our author package. Check us out!
NEW! Don't miss this May 2014 Skype Interview with Candy Abbott about
Fruitbearer: What Can I Do For You, Lord? . . . the book that began the journey that led to this publishing company.
How Fruitbearer Publishing Began
Candy Abbott’s inspiration to start a publishing company began with a desire to help other Christian authors who had trouble landing a traditional publishing contract. Her own book, Fruitbearer: What Can I Do For You, Lord? took ten years to write. She received many rejections, but something about Candy’s writing and sincerity compelled editors to offer suggestions to strengthen the book. In the end, she decided to self-publish.
In 1994, she presented a self-publishing workshop at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. Beginning writers were eager for the tips she shared, and overall she felt highly affirmed, but an acquisitions editor said something that stung: “Maybe someday you’ll have a real publisher.”
The inspiration for Fruitbearer Publishing company came four years after self-publishing the book by the same name, Fruitbearer: What Can I Do For You, Lord?
In her journal entry of May 13, 1998, she felt the Holy Spirit saying,
"Writing and printing your book are just the beginning of the blessings, daughter. The fruit comes not only from those who read Fruitbearer, but the book itself contains seeds for other publications you will initiate. These will be planted in fields you have never even imagined."
Questions poured out of her about the shape and purpose of the publishing company, and the Lord answered them all, one by one, including some much-needed advice:
"Relax, dear one. This is not a breakneck speed project. It is a life work. The work is important, true, but there is yet time. The vision is still new to you. Don't rush the details. Rather, let Me guide you daily in the direction you are to take. Capture and save the ideas, but do not attempt to develop any of them yet. In time you will see which concepts are from Me and which ones are diversions that would hinder the work I am calling you to do.
"You are to bring all ideas, suggestions and offers of help to Drew for his reaction before committing to anything that will become a part of the foundation of Fruitbearer Publishing. He is your earthly partner, and I am your heavenly partner. It is a three-way partnership, with all three parts having equal roles and authority. At every phase, all three elements must be in harmony."
Candy and her husband, Drew, began the company in 1999, which is founded on the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25). Their motto, “Small Seeds for a Great Harvest,” is based on Zechariah 4:10 and John 15:1-17. In 2008, they changed from a sole proprietorship to an L.L.C. Fruitbearer Publishing LLC remains a home-based business. Candy still personally oversees every project but now has a team of editors, artists, proofreaders, and designers. She has become a “real publisher”—with a reputation of integrity and sensitivity.
Fruitbearer’s mission is to offer a professional, personalized approach, unashamedly catering to Christian authors. Poised to stay abreast of the latest publishing industry standards and technology, Fruitbearer is careful to guard the author’s voice and vision. The goal, purpose, and passion of Fruitbearer Publishing LLC is to produce quality publications that will influence society and glorify God. With God at the helm, they often pray with and for their clients.
Candy says, "Drew and I are still enjoying the adventure of following where the Spirit leads—and pacing ourselves accordingly."
Independent Publishing: A Viable Option
Unless you are a major name or public figure, it’s hard to land a traditional publishing contract. If you are among the fortunate,you can expect to be published in two to three years. With Fruitbearer, as an independently published author, you can have a quality book within six months; while responsible for the initial outlay, you keep more of the profits. This is especially important if you have a speaking ministry, outreach, or congregation eagerly awaiting your project.
Fruitbearer Publishing, L.L.C. started small but now has a team of editors and associates who freelance for well-known houses. Fruitbearer has earned a respected name in the industry, and self-publishing has gained credibility over the years. But there are some dangers. Authors who self-publish without a commitment to excellence are vulnerable to paying big bucks for a shoddy product. Therefore, Fruitbearer encourages its clients to:
- Learn. Attend writer’s conferences and study resources that will strengthen your knowledge of the craft.
- Find mentors or writing coaches.
- Participate in a critique group.
- Part with your ego; heed editors’ advice. Professionals rewrite; amateurs cling to their words.
- Count the cost. Publishing is an investment of both time and resources.
- Develop a marketing plan; even traditional publishers provide only an initial PR thrust; then you’re on your own.
- Pray always, about everything—for God’s wisdom and guidance at every stage.
Does your manuscript have to be spiritual to be a Fruitbearer publication? No. But it must build up the reader and contain a meaningful message that does not conflict with the Scriptures.
Encouragement for Writers on the Delmarva Peninsula
If you live within driving distance of Georgetown, DE, we have an active critique group you may find helpful. Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship is a friendly group, with no membership fee, so don't be shy--we would give you a warm welcome the third Saturday of any month (except August). Please click the logo to visit our website for meeting time/location.
GOLD PEN PROPHECY. This prophecy was given on November 24, 2003. If you are a Christian who writes, composes music, or publishes as God leads, this will encourage you to press on.
Just participated in "Road Less Published" BlogTalkRadio with Matt Senge. The program is packed full of good discussion for authors who are interested in self-publishing and marketing. Other guests who shared the broadcast with me were: Beth Hood from OMGpublicity.com (Oh My Goodness); Tiffany Colter, writingcareercoach.com; Greg Johnson, president of WordServeLiterary.com (agent); Andy Baldwin and Rhonda Buss from BookstandPublishing.com. The program is an hour and a half, but it's good stuff. Take a listen if you have a chance.