Welcome to the original BookBlast™

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.

We supply a range of tailored services to the publishing industry and work closely with authors and publishers. We are international in outlook.

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Editing & mentoring services

Are you looking for an experienced bi-lingual editor with a sound track record of working with publishers and agents?

What 'works' and doesn’t 'work' in a book? Do you need help with plot, voice, pacing, tension and rewriting? BookBlast has the answers!

Recent credits: editing the late Lesley Blanch’s memoir On the Wilder Shores of Love: Sketches from a Bohemian Life (Virago/Little Brown UK in January 2015).

Writing coach, editor, translator working with The Blair's Partnership's client, Louis Saha, (French former professional footballer), on his idiosyncratic, intriguing memoir, Thinking Inside the Box. Published in 2012 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 Ashkan Kooshanejad & Negar Shaghaghi as they wrote their memoir, No One Knows About Persian Cats for Éditions Florent Massot. 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: Harvill Secker, Mulcahy Conway Associates, Serpent's Tail, Eland Books, PEN Translates!

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We handle 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 bestseller, 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. Her literary estate is represented by United Agents, e: CMacarthur@unitedagents.co.uk or Giles Smart (dramatic rights) e: gsmart@unitedagents.co.uk | The Joy Harris Literary Agency 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 428 New York, NY 10016 e: contact@jhlitagent.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/Taylor & Francis. The Psychology of Pierre Janet was reprinted in 2013 and is also available as an e-book.

Reprint rights were granted in March 2014 to PreMediaGlobal, 4 Collins Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA for the inclusion of Chapter 3 The Hawthorne Experiment, Western Electric Company from Elton Mayo’s The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization in textbook Classics of Organization Theory, 8e, by Shafritz (Wadsworth/Cengage Learning).

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.


Writers' Agency

Our interest lies in non fiction, (memoir, autobiography, travel, popular culture), at any stage of development.

We consider new clients by recommendation. We are happy to consider initial inquiries although we are not taking new clients, or looking at new projects, unless we feel the book stands an extremely strong chance of getting published.

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BookBlast Publishing | ebooks for the discerning reader

In 2015 we will launch BookBlast Publishing showcasing a limited number of authors in order to maximise the potential of each project. We will also offer ebook promotion opportunities.

Our tastes are ecelctic. Only rigorously edited books will find a readership – professional editing is preferable to self-editing. We will endeavor to use all the new editorial resources (images, audio, video) and promotion through Web 2.0