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About Agate Publishing

Founded in Chicago in 2003, Agate Publishing has five unique imprints: B2 Books, devoted to business-related nonfiction; Bolden Books, which publishes fiction and nonfiction by African-American writers; Surrey Books, founded in 1983 and acquired by Agate in 2006, which is focused on food, nutrition, and entertaining; and new in 2012, Agate Digital, devoted to stand-alone ebooks, and Midway Books, devoted to Midwestern topics and authors with a particular focus on Chicago. Among the authors published by Agate are recent winners of the James Beard, Pulitzer, and National Book Award prizes. In 2012, Agate was recognized as the fastest-growing independent publisher in America by Publishers Weekly magazine.

Media, Promotion, and Publicity Inquiries

For promotional and publicity information about Agate titles and authors, including inquiries about media and tour appearances, please email Anjali Becker at Agate, or call 847.475.4457.

Agate Publishing, Inc.

1328 Greenleaf St.

Evanston, IL 60202

Sales and Distribution

All Agate, Surrey, Bolden, and B2 titles are distributed to the trade in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world exclusively through:

Publishers Group West

1700 Fourth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 800.788.3123

Fax: 510.528.5511


For bulk or group orders, or for any other requests for copies of any Agate titles, please email Zachary Rudin at Agate with your inquiry. All web sales, bulk sales, and other direct sales are nonreturnable.

Foreign and Subsidiary Rights Inquiries

Foreign and subsidiary rights are available for many Agate books. Inquiries should be sent to Eileen Johnson at Agate.

Film/TV rights

Film/TV rights inquiries are available for many Agate books. Inquiries should be addressed to Agate's film/TV rights agent at:
Paradigm Agency
360 Park Avenue S., 16th floor
New York, NY 10010
Attn: Lucy Stille



Agate is considering submissions in the general areas of food, cooking, and nutrition-related nonfiction, for its Surrey imprint; business-interest nonfiction, for its B2 imprint; fiction and nonfiction by African-American writers, for its Bolden imprint; and books on Midwestern topics or by Midwestern authors, for its Midway imprint. Submissions in other content areas will not be considered. Email inquiries are welcome. Do not make telephone inquiries regarding submissions, and do not attempt to send any hard-copy submissions unless you have first made an email inquiry.

Agate Publishing Internships


Agate offers a six-month training internship. Interns work 30 or more hours per week on site and are paid a stipend of $20 per day. The internship terms are January 1–June 30 and July 1–December 31. Interns are given extensive training in all facets of the book publishing process, with an eye toward preparing them for a wide range of entry-level job opportunities. Agate has an excellent record in helping interns find publishing industry jobs.

Strong reading, writing, and personal communication skills are essential, as is a solid grasp of English grammar and style; previous experience in manuscript editing and/or familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style is very welcome. Solid computer and organizational skills are also desired.

Agate interns perform a wide variety of fundamental publishing and small-business tasks.
• Publicity and marketing: produce press materials and mass mailings designed to stimulate media coverage and book reviews; communicate via phone and email with media organizations around the country; compile and organize media contact information.
• Office management: maintain key office management resources including book production and marketing timelines, manuscript submission inventories and evaluations, agent and media contact databases, title inventories, etc.
• Editorial: evaluate submissions, proofread, write and edit marketing materials.

To apply, email a one-page cover letter and a resume to internship@agatepublishing.com, with the words Internship Application in the subject line of the message.