The Vinedresser Team

Fruitbearer Vinedressers

Fruitbearer Vinedressers carefully prune, tend, and cultivate your manuscript so you can grow from aspiring author to published author in a safe environment. At each stage of development, from project consultation to finished book, Candy Abbott will assign vinedressers based on their expertise to find the best fit for you. In addition to the Vinedresser Team, there are additional editors, artists, and helpers whose skills may be tapped for your benefit.

Head Gardener

CANDY ABBOTT, managing partner of Fruitbearer Publishing LLC, is also an author, inspirational speaker, and grandmom. Most of all, she sees herself as a “fruitbearer” as it is her life’s goal to exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in all that she does. She began writing in 1983, around the same time she co-founded Sisters in Christ, a women’s prayer group. Candy is a charter member of Southern Delaware Toastmasters, elder and deacon at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, director of the Fruitbearer conference, and founder of Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship. In January 2014, Candy founded Mothers With a Mission, an organization devoted to strengthening the moral and spiritual foundation of our homes, families, and communities. She and her husband, Drew, have three children and four grandchildren, all near their home in Georgetown, Delaware.

Meet The Vinedresser Team

Nancy Rue - Editorial Director and Consultant
Marjorie (Margie) Vawter - Copyeditor
Connie Rinehold - Content Editor
Pam Halter - Picture Book Editor
Joyce Birch - Religion Editor
Kim Sponaugle - Art Director
Fran Lowe - Editor/Proofreader
Elizabeth Boerner - Publicist
Linda Birch - Administrative Assistant

Nancy Rue

Because her name is easy to mistake with that of a certain blonde amateur sleuth in a little blue roadster, Nancy Rue often finds more name recognition than she expects. This is somehow fitting, because it was partly her childhood admiration for Nancy Drew–in the days when she read everything she could get her hands on–that made her dream of becoming a writer. At first, daunted by the criticism of well-meaning high school English teachers, Rue majored in English at Florida’s Stetson University in order to become a high school English teacher herself.


“There was so much damage I wanted to make up for in my own classroom,” she says.


She earned her master’s degree in education at the College of William and Mary. Rue’s teaching experience fanned her dream of writing as she attempted to make writing more relevant and fun for her students. Every assignment they had to do, she herself did, as well, and both her love for writing and her confidence that she could be good at it grew. She spent fifteen years getting up at 4:00 a.m. most mornings to write before going off to teach school, until she was finally able to pursue freelance writing full-time in 1995.


2016 marks Nancy Rue’s 35th year as a published writer. In that time, she has become a best-selling author of books for ‘tweens, teens and adults. Over her career she’s written 125 books and has won two Christy Awards as well as the Women of Faith Novel of the Year distinction. Her recent tween girl trilogy, The Mean Girl Makeover, gave rise to the So Not Okay anti-bullying movement. Nancy has expanded her offerings to include a mentoring program called From Shadow to Shelf for budding authors with dreams of their own. She travels North America speaking and teaching at writers’ conferences, and holding writing intensives.


She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Jim. Their daughter, Marijean, son-in-law, Brian, and five-year-old granddaughter, Maeryn, live in nearby Nashville. The Rues’ yellow lab, Geneveve, and tabby cat, King Arthur, share Jim and Nancy’s home, and without them, writing would be difficult.
“I try to live a God-guided life,” says the author, “doing what I was meant to do, what I love to, what allows me to give what I’ve been given. I spend as much of my time teaching, filling my well, hanging out with the people I love, as I do writing, and that has made all the difference.”


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Marjorie (Margie) Vawter

Marjorie Vawter is a full-time author, freelance editor, proofreader, and speaker. She has over 200 published devotionals, articles, and book reviews and is the author of three novellas and three nonfiction books. Her novella, A Shelter from the Storm, (originally published in Sundays in Fredericksburg [Barbour 2013]) is repackaged in Small-Town Brides released from Barbour in May 2016. And another devotional book, The Top 100 Promises of the Bible, also from Barbour, also released in 2016. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2004, she has served as the Colorado Area Coordinator, and past president of HIS Writers, the first Colorado ACFW chapter. She is a past member of the MozArks chapter in Springfield, Missouri, and has served as the ACFW Central Zone Director. As a freelance editor (full-time for the last 11 years), Marjorie edits, proofreads, and is an indexer for individual clients and publishers. An avid reader, she also judges for several prestigious awards in the inspirational marketplace. Margie has been married to her college sweetheart and best friend, Roger, for more than thirty-five years. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-love, a granddaughter, and a grandson. After four years in the Missouri Ozarks, Marjorie and Roger—and their cat Sinatra—once again live in their beloved Colorado. To learn more, contact Margie at

Connie Rinehold

Connie Rinehold is a published author of 12 novels for houses such as Dell/Random House and Avon/Harper Collins. Connie began editing for writing friends and evolved into judging and editing contest entries and then on to editing the work of well-known published authors.  Upon “retiring” to be a caregiver for aging family members 25 years ago, she began her editing career, finding it ideal to fit in with the demands on her time and to maintain an active role in an industry she loves. The advent of epublishing presented an opportunity she couldn’t refuse. Writers were dedicated to their careers, thus needing story, content, and copy editors to help them along. Experienced in all three, Connie found the perfect way to work and read at the same time from the comfort of her home in Oregon. She also worked as an acquisitions, copy, and script editor for a producer of original stories on audio tape. Connie works primarily with Christian fiction and nonfiction but also edits science fiction, self-help, and general fiction. “I love the diversity of genres as well as the interaction with other writers.”  When asked, Connie conducts all-day workshops on how to edit your own work.


“Connie has edited two of my books. She is an expert at providing timely, accurate edits, and brings added interest and style to every manuscript she touches. I love that she talks with me before starting her work to better understand the book. Both books became so much better and tighter once Connie got her hands on them and did her magic by editing without changing the message of the book. Her skills with the English language from a writing standpoint are excellent, and she was very patient with my “creative” formatting. Connie is great to work with because she has a real passion for writing and editing.” —Jessie Seneca, author of Road Trip, Friendship: Sisters for a Journey, Joseph, and The Secret Is Out, Bethlehem, PA


“I felt confident having Connie Rinehold edit Always Remember to Breathe. She is a true professional and a sharpshooter who was encouraging and patient. Her knowledge about structure, plot, flow, characters, and wordsmithing showed excellence.  She was the quintessence of a mentor who pushed me to share relevant facts to keep my story alive. It was exciting working with Connie.  My story resonated with her as we shared our own life stories about our children.  Along the way we laughed and cried. I found my voice working with her. We worked on my manuscript for well over a year.  In the end, there I felt peace and healing when my book was finally complete.  Connie is a true blessing and I am happy she was a part of my book.” —Sharon Louth, Author of Always Remember to Breathe

Pam Halter

Pam Halter was a home-schooling mom for nine years and has been a children’s book author since 1995. She has published two picture books, Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes (Concordia, 2001), articles (The War Cry, Fandangle Magazine), and devotions in The Secret Place; For Better, For Worse; and Making Eye Contact With God. Pam is on faculty for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, holds memberships in ACFW and two writers groups, and is a freelance children’s book editor. She was selected to attend the Highlights Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy in 2010, was named Writer of the Year in 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, and won the Reader’s Choice Award in the short story contest hosted by Realm Makers and Brimstone Fiction. Pam lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her mother-in-law. When she’s not writing or editing, Pam enjoys quilting, cooking, gardening, reading, theatre, music, and Bible study. In the ten years Pam has been editing picture books, several of the authors she’s worked with have won awards. Most recently, Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon by Terry Barto won a Storymonsters Award and a Gold Mom’s Choice award.
“Pam is an unselfish author and editor. She works diligently behind the scenes to make you look good. Her keen eye and writing expertise made my ‘diamonds in the rough’ manuscripts shine like diamonds.” —Dixie Phillips, author of Stubby’s Destiny (2008 Best Children’s Animal Story Award)


“Pam goes above and beyond and manages to infuse a creativity without infringing on the piece itself. She jumps right in with notes, suggestions and leaves you to create the best possible writing.” —Terry J. Barto, author of Nicherbacher, The Funniest Dragon and Gollywood, Here I Come!

Nickerbacher’s Awards
Purple Dragonfly
National Parenting Publications
Family Review Center 
Mom’s Choice (gold)
Gollywood’s Awards
Purple Dragonfly
Mom’s Choice

Joyce Birch

Joyce Birch is the publisher of Signet Ring Christian Magazine and operator of Signet Ring Publishing based in Seaford, Delaware. Joyce and her husband, Jon, pastor Recover Church, a discipleship-driven ministry that focuses on recovering a Christian’s identity, relationships, and life through an intimate relationship with Jesus. Joyce’s passion is seeing women come to know Christ personally. As Religion Editor, Joyce is available to Fruitbearer authors for consultation if they have questions or concerns about theology in their writing.

Kim Sponaugle

Kim Sponaugle brings 15 years of freelance children’s book illustration and design experience to Fruitbearer Publishing. A graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia, she began working for David C. Cook Publishing designing children’s curriculum and products but soon found her heart’s vocation in children’s illustration. In 2000, Kim illustrated her first picture book series Beatrice Loses Her Doll and Beatrice’s New Clothes with Concordia Publishing House and has been fascinated with the process and creation of children’s books ever since. In 2007, Kim started Picture Kitchen Studio and has had the pleasure of interacting and working with both traditional publishers and independently published authors on illustration projects. She is a children’s book cover designer and has illustrated more than fifty books for kids. Kim received The Mom’s Choice Award, Pinnacle Book Award, CIPA EVVY Award, Reader’s Favorite Awards, is Story Monster approved, and most recently won a Purple Dragonfly Award (first place for illustrations, Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon.) Partial clients list: Warner Press, Concordia Publishing House, Christian Focus Publications, Cuddly Buddly Crafts, Guardian Angel Publishing, Halo Publishing, Images Press, Old School House Magazine, Stories for Children Magazine. Kim lives in Salem County, New Jersey, with her husband, son, and little Westie. Visit Kim at

Fran Lowe

Fran Lowe, editor/proofreader, has operated a freelance business out of her home for more than twenty years. She has worked with published material in a wide variety of genres, from a magazine devoted to chile pepper recipes to a Christian fantasy fiction alternative for the Harry Potter series. Fran enjoys writing skits for her church and is thrilled to share some of them with Christians everywhere for the purposes of edification and evangelism. Her ebook, The True Light Zone: Christian Skits from the Spiritual Dimension, is a Fruitbearer publication. Fran currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, Mark. Together they serve as deacons in their church. She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling.

Elizabeth Boerner

Elizabeth Boerner, Fruitbearer’s publicist and newest member of the Vinedresser Team, has more than 30 years of firsthand marketing experience that came from the need to promote her own businesses. She’ll help you answer the question, “How am I going to get my book into the hands of the people who need to read it?” She will simplify the often overwhelming world of marketing by designing a customized plan for your title. Effective marketing is an ongoing process—not something that can be done once and then forgotten. It takes time, knowledge of the item, knowing your audience, knowing what works, and delivering the product. The intention needs to be pure at heart because people do not want to be sold something; they want to believe what you have for them is something they need. You’ll find Elizabeth to be organized, determined, and focused on attention to detail. She is excited about the opportunity to help you promote your book and share it with the masses—the right masses, in the right venue. Elizabeth lives with her husband, Joseph, in Milton, Delaware. Blended between them they are blessed with four adult children: Helen, Gregory, Joseph, and Stephen; and three grandchildren: Joseph III, Daniel, and Gabriel.

Linda Birch

Linda Birch has nearly 40 years’ experience in the financial field, where she gained her administrative skills. She is also the pastor (part-time) of the Woodland United Methodist Church. Her love of books, reading, and God’s Word make working with Fruitbearer the perfect fit. Linda is the mother of two and grandmother of two, as well. Her son is also a pastor and Christian writer, while her daugher is also an administrative assistant and the mother of two very active boys. Linda and her husband, Paul, are actively involved with their family in Seaford, Delaware.

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