About Peachtree Publishers
Peachtree Publishers is an independently owned trade book publisher, specializing in quality children’s books, from board books to picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction. We also maintain a line of adult backlist titles covering consumer references in health, education, and parenting; regional guide books about the American South, where the company is based; adult fiction, biography, and memoir with an emphasis on Southern authors. The adult list has fewer new releases and revisions.
Peachtree Publishers’ mission is to create books that captivate and educate young and old readers alike, with well-crafted words and pictures.
The company, begun in 1977 by music publisher Helen Elliott, originally emphasized works exclusively by Southern writers, particularly in the areas of adult fiction and humor. One of a handful of regional houses established throughout the U.S. in the late seventies, Peachtree was the first trade publishing house in the South to achieve national recognition and distribution. Two books published in the early 1980s landed on The New York Times bestseller list.
In 1988, Margaret Quinlin was named executive editor and vice president of Peachtree. Quinlin’s background included fifteen years of publishing experience in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. In June 1990, Quinlin purchased controlling interest in Peachtree from the Elliott family to become president and publisher, a position she still holds today.
Over the years, Peachtree has had the pleasure of publishing works by notable authors such as Caroline Miller, Erskine Caldwell, Terry Kay, Lewis Grizzard, Ferrol Sams, Celestine Sibley, and Eugenia Price. Many of the books of these authors are still available on Peachtree’s adult backlist.
Today, award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators include: Stephen Alcorn, Colin Bootman, Henry Cole, Carmen Agra Deedy, Philip Dray, Adrian Fogelin, Bill Harley, Deborah Hopkinson, Lester Laminack, Ted Lewin, John McCutcheon, Barry Moser, Chris Soentpiet, Myron Uhlberg, and many others. In fall 2009, Peachtree was again on the New York Times bestseller list, this time with its picture book, 14 Cows for America, written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and illustrated by Tom Gonzalez.
Peachtree has a reputation in the book industry as an outstanding independent trade publisher. The company has an in-house staff of experienced professionals in editing, design, production, marketing, publicity, and sales. In addition, Peachtree is represented across the U.S. and Canada by an extensive network of sales groups, enabling each title to reach its broadest possible market. Through the efforts of its dedicated owner, committed staff, and hard-working sales force, Peachtree Publishers continues its proud tradition of thoughtful development in order to deliver its publishing best.