Small Seeds for a Great Harvest
Hi! I'm Candy Abbott, managing partner of Fruitbearer Publishing, LLC. My husband, Drew, and I began the company in July 1999.
When you come to Fruitbearer, you will interact with professional editors, artists, and designers who will walk you step-by-step from raw manuscript to finished book. This is a cooperative venture between you (the author) and Fruitbearer (the publisher). Fruitbearer is an independent (indy) publisher, not a self-publisher or a traditional publisher, but a combination where you retain all of the control but have none of the headaches. I like to think of us as a "personalized publisher." We are committed to high quality products and uniquely taylored service. From raw manuscript to finished book, Fruitbearer Publishing LLC works diligently to keep in step with the Spirit as we guide you through the process. Unlike self-publishing where the author does every aspect of producing their book, Fruitbearer authors invest in pre-press expenses without having to navigate the maze of publishing details and risks. Fruitbearer authors also receive a royalty for sales generated by the distributor. This is especially important if you have a speaking ministry, outreach, or congregation eagerly awaiting the release of your book.
The whole publishing industry is changing by leaps and bounds, and we're doing our best to keep abreast of the latest technology. 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, and all our titles are listed on Amazon.
To learn more, read our history.
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.
What YOU can do as an author who wants to publish with Fruitbearer
Fruitbearer Publishing, L.L.C. started small and has earned a respected name in the industry. Authors who opt to self-publish without a commitment to excellence are vulnerable to paying big bucks for a shoddy product. If you are interested in becoming a Fruitbearer author, here are some tips:
- 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, and 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.
Candy 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.