About Us

Archetype is a freelance book sales and marketing agency which has been operating in New Zealand since 1992. We specialise in representing New Zealand and overseas publishers to the retail book trade. We were awarded the Thorpe Bowker Best Agent/Distributor Representing Overseas Publishers Award for 2004 and 2009.

The people who work for Archetype Book Agents have wide and extensive book trade knowledge with over 100 years of collective industry experience. We take much pride in our ability to achieve great sales for our publisher clients and we enjoy a terrific reputation with our bookshop customers as trustworthy and knowledgeable reps.

We represent the following publishers:

Allen & Unwin Australia

This includes Allen & Unwin’s own publishing, under their imprints: Allen & Unwin, Arena, Crow’s Nest, Inspired Living, Jacana and Fairfax, and their agencies Bloomsbury (including Bloomsbury Circus and Bloomsbury Academic), Faber, Atlantic (including Corvus), Canongate, Alma Books, Duckworth, Overlook Press, Nosy Crow, Tindal Street Press, Continuum, Granta, Portobello, Sort Of Books, Profile, Serpent’s Tail, Icon (including Wizard and Corinthian), Nicholas Brealey, Short Books, A&C Black (including Adlard Coles, Methuen, Arden, Christopher Helm, V&A, Berg, and Featherstone).

Murdoch Books (Australia)

Constable & Robinson (including Corsair and Canvas), Black Dog & Leventhal, Pier9 (Australia).

Walker Books Australia and New Zealand

Victoria University Press (NZ)

Auckland University Press (NZ)

Otago University Press (NZ)

Huia Publishing

Te Papa Press

Massey University Press


One Tree House

Luncheon Sausage Books