We founded Belt in 2013 to promote voices from the Rust Belt, and we have expanded our focus to include smart narrative and serious nonfiction on any topic, as well as commercial fiction with a regional foothold. In 2023 we were acquired by Arcadia Publishing, where we remain an independent imprint. 

We are excited to tell overlooked stories, particularly those written by writers from underrepresented backgrounds and flown-over places. We especially love books of cultural criticism, books with an urbanism theme or about progressive politics, smart histories that are not nostalgic, and those that "are hard to know where to shelve." We are drawn to scholarly research made plain. We publish everything from memoir to criticism, fiction, maps, and cookbooks. 

We privilege strong writing above all. Our authors make us who we are.

Our titles have been longlisted for the PEN/Galbraith award for nonfiction, named “Best of the Year” by NPR and Publishers Weekly, and reviewed by the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New Republic, and dozens of other outlets.

We value horizontal loyalty, writers over markets, the long game over the quick hit. 

Our authors receive traditional publishing contracts and industry-standard royalties. Nordlyset handles our subrights. 

We welcome both agented and unagented submissions


Our Team

Anne Trubek is the founder and publisher of Belt Publishing. She is the author of So You Want To Publish A Book? (Belt 2020), and editor of  Best of the Rust Belt (Belt 2024), and Voices From The Rust Belt (Picador, 2018). She is also author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting (Bloomsbury, 2016), and A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). She has been publishing her Notes from A Small Press newsletter since 2018. 

David Wilson is Creative Director at Belt Publishing where he was a recipient of AIGA’s “50 Books 50 Covers” award for his Belt Revivals book covers.  An illustrator, writer, designer, and filmmaker with an MFA from Kent State University in Visual Communication Design, David entered the freelance world over ten years ago, working on illustration, design, and video projects for clients such as The Atlantic, The WWE, Boom! Comics, The Boston Globe, Harvard, Forbes and many more. He iHe is the co-author/illustrator of Rust Belt Arcana, author of The Everyday, and the writer/director of The Disposal of Dead Ned (Best Comedy Film at Poor Life Choices Film Fest). His latest work, Play Like A Girl, a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, written by Misty Wilson, was a 2023 Buckeye Book Award winner and a MASL (Maryland Association of School Librarians) nominee. Currently, he is working on three unannounced graphic novels and a few things on the hush hush... 

Phoebe Mogharei is an editor and publicist at Belt. Her writing has appeared in Chicago magazine, the Chicago Reader, Electric Literature, and the Chicago Review of Books. She joined Belt in 2022 and lives in Brooklyn.

Hattie Fletcher is senior editor at Belt. She is one of the co-founders of Short Reads, a free literary email featuring flash nonfiction and the former managing editor of Creative Nonfiction and True Story magazines. Essays she has edited have been reprinted in The Best American EssaysThe Best American Travel Writing, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing series and have been awarded the Pushcart Prize. She has worked on books covering such topics as end-of-life care, medicine, education, mental health, and parenting. She teaches “Editing for Writers” at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined Belt in 2024. 


We are officially distributed by Arcadia Publishing as of May 1 2024.

To order our books through Arcadia, please email  retailers@arcadiapublishing.com or call 843-853-2070. Our books will be available for order through Ingram Wholesale as of June 1 2024.

You may access all our titles on Edelweiss.

Media inquiries: please contact phoebe@beltpublishing.com 

Rights are handled by Nordlyset Agency. Please contact Jennifer@Nordlysetagency.com 

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