During the last sixteen years Bright Sky has grown and evolved to meet the challenges of the changing publishing landscape. In 2001 Rue Judd founded Bright Sky Press in Albany, Texas. Its mission was to showcase Texas literary and artistic talent. In 2007, Cordillera Investments was formed and bought the press. Under the leadership of Judd, Ellen Cregan and Lucy Chambers, the press moved to Houston in 2008 and expanded the number of titles and genres. Judd retired in 2010, Cregan resigned in 2014, and Chambers served as sole manager until 2016. Managers Fiona Bills and Lauren Gow then determined that the mission was best served by a non-profit structure. Despite the challenges of the industry, Bright Sky has continued to strengthen its brand and create significant titles that preserve important aspects of our Texas heritage. Bright Sky has a strong reputation for quality publishing; our books win notable awards, receive positive reviews, and enhance the lives of both authors and readers.
Bright Sky is a positive presence in the community, providing access to publication for local authors, supporting literacy groups like Writers in the Schools, partnering with organizations like the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Books Between Kids, and the Wade Smith Foundation, and educating college and high school students about publishing to enable them to secure jobs in the field. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Bright Sky Publishing will further the good work the press has conducted in the past while broadening the support for these activities. With increased visibility through improved marketing tools and grants to fund notable writers and literary organizations, Bright Sky Publishing is positioned to thrive as Texas’ publisher and continue preserving our cultural heritage through the book arts.