About Us

Fiona Veitch Smith, founder and owner of Crafty Publishing

Hello, I'm Fiona Veitch Smith, founder and owner of Crafty Publishing.

Way back in 2000 I wrote and published my first children's novel, Donovon's Rainbow, in a publishing partnership with Vineyard International Publishing in South Africa. It was an eye-opening experience to be thrust directly into the marketing and distribution aspects of the publishing industry, but one that has stood me in good stead.

Since then I have moved back to the UK, worked as a freelance feature writer, lectured in journalism and creative writing at several universities in my hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, run several writing support groups, started a family, written an award-winning play, run a successful "writing advice" website, ghostwritten a series of children's picture books and started learning to play the clarinet (badly).

For much of that time I harboured a secret ambition to start my own indie publishing company, both to publish my own work and that of some of the many other excellent writers I have come to know over the years who, for one reason or another, have not been taken on by a traditional publisher and have struggled for the recognition they deserve.

The global recession and the subsequent pressure on the traditional publishing industry, coupled with the rise of e-books, have provided an unprecedented opportunity for talented authors to take control of their own destinies. In mid-2011 I finally got everything together to start Crafty Publishing in partnership with my husband, Rod.

It's still early days for us. We started by testing the waters with the Young David series of children's picture books, followed by two ebooks: a literary romance / suspense in The Peace Garden, and a crime thriller called Cars Just Want to be Rust by our first 'signing', Tony Glover. We also have a number of other projects in the pipeline which you'll hear about in due course.

You may have noticed that we publish some 'Christian' books. However, we would not describe ourselves as a Christian publisher. We want to produce quality books for a broad market. Some may have 'spiritual' content, some not. We believe that there is an unnecessarily restrictive divide between what is considered 'Christian' and 'general', both in the publishing and retail sectors of the industry. However, in our experience, readers don't seem to have such clear-cut divisions and will simply enjoy a well-written story. Non-Christians don't mind a 'spiritual' dimension as long as it's not preachy, and conversely, most Christians I know read books from across the spectrum. That being said, we will not publish something written from a self-consciously anti-Christian worldview.

Thank you for visiting, and I do hope you will be delighted with our titles and will join us in our publishing journey. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any comments or questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

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