Welcome to the original BookBlast™

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BookBlast is a boutique writing agency which offers editorial troubleshooting & French-to-English translation services to publishing & writing professionals.

We also offer specialist consultancy for the sale of translation rights to France; and PR planning.

BookBlast is currently celebrating Independent Publishing in The BookBlast Dairy.

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BookBlast is where writers, translators, publishers, agents & literary executors come to solve difficult editorial issues

Are you a publisher with ... A commissioned manuscript which needs rewriting? ... A translation which needs sensitive copy editing? ... An unfinished manuscript because the author has died? ...

Are you an author who ... Requires manuscript assessment, or mentoring? ... A strategy for approaching agents and publishers? ... PR planning for a self-published book?

Why BookBlast? Since 1997, clients have included: Gollancz, Pan Macmillan, Harpercollins, Abacus, Continuum, Orion, Stacey International, Barzan Publishing, Blackamber Books, Counterpoint (The British Council), Routledge, Darf Publishers, Vision Sports Publishing, Stellar Sports Management, Maclehose Press, Virago ... éditions Zulma, J’ai Lu/Flammarion, Anne Carrière, Gallimard, Grasset & Fasquelle, Florent Massot, La Table Ronde ... & others.


Editing & French-to-English translation services

Our focus is non-fiction (biography, autobiography, travel and creative non-fiction), literary & translated fiction.

We can help you write your memoirs; edit or ghost-write your book.

If you need copy-editing, mentoring, or specialist translation consultancy, you're in the right place . . . more =>

French-to-English translation: French football is a speciality.

Reader Credits include: PEN Translates!, Harvill Secker, Serpent's Tail, Mulcahy Conway Associates, Eland Publishing.

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BookBlast Celebrates Independent Publishing

Why independence matters => we spotlight leading indie book publishers, their lead titles, authors & translators

Publisher interviews => Cheryl Robson, Aurora Metro | Michel Moushabeck, Interlink Publishing | Clare Christian, Red Door Publishing | Michael Schmidt, Carcanet Press | Anne Dolamore, Grub Street | Ana Perez Galvan, Hispabooks | François von Hurter, Bitter Lemon Press | Ghassan Fergiani, Darf Publishing | Kelly Davio, Eyewear Books | Roh-Suan Tung, Balestier Press

Featured books & authors => Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema | The Book of the Sultan's Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars by Youssef Rakha | Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City by Philip Mansel | Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks | Skies by Alison Brackenbury | Vegetarianism: A History by Colin Spencer | A Bad End | Betty Boo by Claudia Piñeiro | Dew Angels by Melanie Schwapp | Oh, Freedom! by Francesco D'Adamo | Four Points, Fourteen Lines | Landing by Laia Fàbregas | Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin

Translators => Peter Bush | Siân Williams | Samantha Schnee | Nicky Harman

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Digital imprint, BookBlast ePublishing, actively promotes good, well-edited writing ― whatever the genre.

Classic title The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch is now available from Amazon UK | France | US | Germany | The print edition is published in paperback by Phoenix, Orion UK and Simon & Schuster US; preface by Naomi Wolf.

Also available by Lesley Blanch: The Sabres of Paradise, Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus; Pierre Loti, Portrait of an Escapist; and The Nine Tiger Man, A Satirical Romance.

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Literary Estates

Celebrated author and distinguished traveller, Lesley Blanch, (1904-2007), influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics.

Lesley Blanch's Literary Executors are Susan Train & Georgia de Chamberet. Film, TV & Theatre rights queries: Georgina Gordon-Smith at United Agents e: ggsmith@unitedagents.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3214 0867. Translation rights queries: Alice Natali at Intercontinental Literary Agency e: alice.natali@ila-agency.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0)207 379 6611 Fax: +44 (0)207 379 6790

The paperback edition of LB's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life, is due for release in January 2017 (Virago). The French edition trs. Lucien d'Azay will be published in 2018 (La Table Ronde, Paris).

Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo, (1880-1949), is famous for the Hawthorne studies, a landmark in industrial psychology.

ELTON MAYO – So long as commerce specializes in business methods which take no account of human nature and social motives, so long may we expect strikes and sabotage to be the ordinary accompaniment of industry.

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. These books have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature.