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Created in 1997, BookBlast is a boutique agency which focuses on a small number of clients. Our speciality is making books happen in both the French & British markets.
Artistic creativity is balanced with saleability. We work closely with authors and publishers to maximize the potential of each project. Whether the book is commercial or literary, quality is the defining characteristic. We are international in outlook.
BookBlast writing and editing services
BookBlast offers B2B book doctoring and manuscript editing services, as well as rewriting, from an experienced bi-lingual editor.
Other services include market-aware manuscript assessment for writers at all levels (structure, style, character).
Also website content writing, (conversant with html and css).
Our interest lies in non fiction, (memoir, autobiography, travel, popular culture), at any stage of development.
Recent credits: writing coach, editor, translator for The Blair Partnership's client, Louis Saha, (French former professional footballer), on his idiosyncratic, intriguing memoir, Thinking Inside the Box. Published in the UK and France by Vision Sports Publishing and Anne Carrière.
The French Connection
BookBlast offers French to English translation services & consultancy.
Recent translation credits - Louis Saha's Thinking Inside The Box. Sample translations for - Éditions Flammarion, Éditions L'Iconoclaste, the Lhoist Group Corporate Art collection.
Mentoring and guiding for Éditions Florent Massot as Ashkan Kooshanejad & Negar Shaghaghi wrote their memoir, No One Knows About Persian Cats. Translation consultancy for Vermilion/Random House and Éditions Gallimard in Paris, (read-through with author Claude Lanzmann of the English translation of his memoir The Patagonian Hare - Atlantic UK/Farrar Straus Giroux US)
Reader's Reports for: Harvill Secker, Mulcahy Conway Associates, Eland Books, PEN Translates!
BookBlast handles the negotiation and administration of intellectual property rights for a select number of estates.
Lesley Blanch, (1904-2007), influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics.
If they have heard of Lesley Blanch, most people today associate her with her bestselling book, The Wilder Shores of Love. Her writing brings to life Russia and the Middle East as they once were, before bombs and fundamentalism became daily news. But there is more to her than that: her life reads like a novel, see lesleyblanch.com
MAUREEN CLEAVE, DAILY TELEGRAPH - A scholarly romantic in a school of her own, the depth of Lesley Blanch's research is such that other writers plunder her books shamelessly.
Her literary executor is Georgia de Chamberet and her literary estate is represented by United Agents, e: CMacarthur@unitedagents.co.uk or Giles Smart (dramatic rights) e: email@example.com Translation Rights are handled by the Intercontinental Literary Agency e: Mary.Esdaile@ila-agency.co.uk
Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo, (1880-1949), is famous for the Hawthorne studies, a landmark in industrial psychology.
Elton Mayo features in The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus by Tim Hindle (Profile Books). His literary estate is represented by BookBlast Ltd. The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization and The Social Problems of an Industrial Civilization (including The Political Problems of Industrial Civilization) are in print with Routledge. The Psychology of Pierre Janet will be available in print and as an e-book from August 2013 (Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
ELTON MAYO - If our social skills had advanced step by step with our technical skills, there would not have been another European war
Gael Elton Mayo (1923-92) - writer, photographer and artist who worked for Picture Post and as writer-researcher for Magnum Photographers in Paris, with Robert Capa, David Seymour and Henri Cartier Bresson.
THE TIMES - Gael Elton Mayo's three volumes of autobiography are among the best of our time. For all their own charm and grace, these books have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature. They will survive.
We are happy to consider initial inquiries although we are not taking new clients, or looking at new non-fiction projects, unless we feel the book stands an extremely strong chance of getting published.
We consider new clients by recommendation. Only rigorously edited books will find a readership - professional editing is preferable to self-editing.
BookBlast is committed to international writing and ways to build a writing platform - from being showcased in anthologies, published in translation, or being reviewed and interviewed for specialised websites.
Georgia de Chamberet's occasional articles, interviews & reviews have appeared online and in publications: Prospect, Times Literary Supplement, Independent, The Lady, BANIPAL; 3ammagazine.com, booktrust.org.uk ...