It began with a book… (as so many things do)

Cooperative Press’ founder, Shannon Okey, a voracious reader, writer and sometime editor, had been working on the fringes of the publishing business for several years. After selling her own books to several major national publishers, she started to do freelance acquisitions representing other authors whose work she enjoyed, then founded her own publishing company.

After publishing one book, the company changed its name to Cooperative Press to reflect the relationships we have developed with our authors. We work together to put out the best quality books we can, and we share in the proceeds accordingly.

The non-fiction publishing arm of Cooperative Press now has over 25 titles published, with more coming all the time. Cooperative Press’ CP Trade imprint for fiction and other titles was officially launched in 2013 to differentiate these books from our how-to offerings.

Why publish with Cooperative Press? Although working with traditional, large publishers can be very rewarding, there are some books that fly under their radar. They’re too avant-garde, or the marketing department doesn’t know how to sell them, or they don’t think they’ll sell 50,000 copies in a year.

5,000 or 50,000. Does the book matter to that 5,000? Then it should be published. Expanding our reach into adult trade titles (including fiction and art books) has continued our path of innovation.

We lead, we don’t follow. That’s what we’re all about, and we welcome you to contact us with further questions or comments. Email info at cooperativepress dot com for more.

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