Media, Promotion, and Publicity Inquiries
For promotional and publicity information about Agate titles and authors, including inquiries about media and tour appearances, please email Jacqueline Jarik at Agate, or call 847.475.4457 ext. 4#.
Agate Publishing, Inc.
1328 Greenleaf St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Sales and Distribution
Agate titles are distributed by Publishers Group West (PGW), an Ingram brand.
Publishers Group West
1700 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 809-3700
Fax: (510) 809-3777
For bulk orders, please email our direct sales contact at Agate. All web sales are nonreturnable.
Subsidiary and Translation Rights Inquiries
Subsidiary and translation rights are available for many Agate books. Inquiries should be sent to Isabelle Bleecker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jennifer Thompson (email@example.com) at Nordlyset Agency.
Agate is considering submissions in the general areas of food, cooking, and nutrition-related nonfiction, for its Surrey imprint; business-interest nonfiction, with a particular focus on improving workplace experience and improving workplace performance, for its B2 imprint; and nonfiction on Midwestern topics or by Midwestern authors, for its Midway imprint. Submissions in other content areas will not be considered. We request email ([email protected]) inquiries only. 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 Training Internships
Agate is seeking interns for its six-month training internship program. The internship terms are typically between January 1–June 30 and July 1–December 31. Agate interns work approximately 20-30 hours per week on site, depending on their availability, and receive credit from their academic institution as well as a stipend of approximately $80 per week. We offer interns considerable flexibility in scheduling their hours during the work week, to allow them to attend school and/or hold paying jobs while also doing the internship. Agate only considers candidates who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate studies. Agate accepts applications for internships year-round.
Agate has an excellent record in helping interns find publishing industry jobs, whether in the Chicago area or elsewhere. Several Agate interns have been offered staff positions and contractor roles at the company, though there is no formal, structured intern hiring program here, and no interns are guaranteed jobs after completing the program. Most of the Agate staff who oversee our internship program have themselves been Agate interns. All Agate interns are trained in a variety of fundamental publishing and small business tasks, with an eye toward preparing them for different entry-level job opportunities in publishing. All Agate interns participate in eight intensive, in-depth training seminars during the course of the internship. These seminars are designed to give interns a 360-degree understanding of basic trade and educational publishing functions by the time they complete the program.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred; a minimum of at least three years’ undergraduate study required. 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 organizational skills and computer skills are also desired. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) is a bonus but not required.
The internship may entail some or all of the following responsibilities:
- Produce catalog and press materials, including press kits and pitches
- Draft and send out mass mailings
- Assist with publicity campaigns by communicating via email with media organizations
- Assist in pre-publication market research
- Compile and organize media contact information
- Produce social media postings
- Help maintain office inventory
- Write, edit, and post website information
- Read and review manuscript submissions
- Copyedit, proofread, and review educational and marketing content
- Write and research assessment and manuscript content
- Perform administrative and organizational tasks
To apply, email a resume, cover letter, and two nonfiction writing samples, amounting to no more than 3000 words total, and—if you wish to demonstrate design experience—two design samples in PDF format, no larger than 2MB, to [email protected], with the words “Internship Application” in the subject line of the message.
Agate Publishing Academy
Agate Publishing Academy is the first career development program offered by working publishing professionals specifically for people looking to build publishing careers—from breaking into the field to adding, improving, and refining a range their range of professional skills. We offer courses on the basics of the publishing industry and disciplines such as copyediting, instructional design, and DEI review, with many more courses to come in 2024-2025.