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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 Jessica Easto at Agate, or call 847.475.4457 ext. 4#.

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 is seeking interns for its six-month training internship program. Agate 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. Agate only considers candidates who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate studies. Agate accepts applications for internships year-round

Applicants may apply for any of three specific roles outlined below, but all Agate interns are given training in a variety of fundamental publishing and small business tasks, with an eye toward preparing them for different entry-level job opportunities. Agate has an excellent record in helping interns find publishing-industry jobs.
* publishing interns: produce catalog and press materials and mass mailings; review and inventory manuscript submissions; communicate via phone and email with media organizations around the country; compile and organize media contact information; produce social media postings; write and post website information.
* production interns: maintain key office management resources including book production timelines; produce ebooks; produce marketing materials; check and prep proofs; research and prep photography; update and maintain databases.
* editorial interns: proofread books and marketing materials; research, outline, and edit content for ebooks; copyedit and style manuscripts; perform fact-checking and research tasks; copyedit and review educational content; review manuscript submissions.

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.