Purple House Press is proud to have sold well over a half a million books. We have been mentioned or our books have appeared in TIME Magazine, USA Today, CNN.com, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, National Review, American Profile, Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, BookSense.com, American Way Magazine, Southwest Spirit Magazine, Fortune Small Business, Smithsonian Magazine, Pages, ForeWord Magazine, On Wisconsin, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Lexington News-Leader, Detroit News, Columbus Dispatch, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Danbury News-Times, Carnegie Mellon Magazine, D Magazine, DallasChild Magazine, New Hampshire Magazine, N Magazine, Macon Telegraph, Nordstjernan, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Asbury Park Press, Cynthiana Democrat, Keller Citizen, WCYN and Kentucky’s own PBS channel KET TV!
Our mission is to rescue long-lost, but well-loved children’s books. Families need access to wholesome stories from a simpler time, as read-alouds or for independent readers, and grown-ups enjoy rediscovering childhood favorites.
Please note that Purple House Press does not accept manuscripts for new books, there are too many old ones out there we want to revive. If unsolicited manuscripts or previously published childrens books are submitted for consideration we are not able to return them.
Jill started Purple House Press in the year 2000. In a previous life (or so it seems!) she was a software engineer for 13 years. When her children were young she began selling out-of-print children’s books. But when the price of her favorite childhood book, Mr. Pine’s Purple House, rose to the discouraging price of $300, she decided to do something about it by republishing the story and ensuring its message would not be lost to future generations.
In June, 2003, Jill and her husband, Ray Sanders, located their family, company and animals from a suburb of Ft. Worth, Texas to Cynthiana, Kentucky — wanting to be closer to family and live the country life they had always dreamed of. They have three grown children and live on an old dairy farm with lots of dogs, cats, chickens and computers. A few horses live in their backyard, which was a childhood dream thanks to Marguerite Henry and Walter Farley.
Ray is Director of Operations, he does all of the accounting, invoicing, shipping, organizing and everything else that is not related to book design, production or working with our authors!
Prior to working at Purple House Press, Ray was a Test Engineering Manager with Motorola and worked in the electrical engineering field for nearly thirty years.