History & Mission

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The BK Authors Council was founded in 1998 to create a more connected community. It became the BK Authors Co-operative in 2006. In 2016, the organization was incorporated as a California Public Benefit Corporation.  As a consequence, we had to change our name.  We are now known as BK Authors, Inc. No longer a "co-op", we remain a community. 

All authors become members of the BK Author community upon signing a book contract with Berrett-Koehler Publishers, which pays a life-time membership fee for each new author.  

Other members include those who self-publish through Open Book Editions, and associates members who are sponsored by a member of the co-op community.  These members pay a one-time membership fee of $150.  

We are a community committed to helping shape — through our unique and collaborative voices — a world that works for all, and to live in ways that authentically embody our messages. 

BK Authors, Inc. is owned and operated by members and is stewarded by an elected board of directors governed by a set of bylaws.