How Fruitbearer Publishing Began
Candy Abbott’s inspiration to start a publishing company began with a desire to help other authors get their God-inspired work into print. 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.” Today, Candy has become a “real publisher,” serving as a springboard for authors whose books are touching lives and making a difference in the kingdom of God.
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.
Candy says, “Drew and I are still enjoying the adventure of following where the Spirit leads—and pacing ourselves accordingly.”