Welcome to the original
Boutique agency, BookBlast, was founded in 1997 by Georgia de Chamberet, an experienced bi-lingual editor with a sound track record of working with publishers and agents.
The agency currently offers B2B editing, rewriting and French-tos-English translation services to writing and publishing professionals.
BookBlast ePublishing, a new venture in the digital publishing field, will release a 'small is beautiful' list of classics and new writing from December 2014.
BookBlast also manages the rights and represents the interests of various literary estates, maintaining the original vision and integrity of the authors.
Editing & mentoring services
Book-doctoring: do you have a loose baggy monster of a manuscript which needs trimming and taming? Are plot, voice, tension and pacing problematic? If so, we can help. Recent credits include editing the late Lesley Blanch’s memoir On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life, Virago, Little Brown UK, 15 Jan 2015.
Rewriting, substantive editing and mentoring: working with The Blair Partnership's client, Louis Saha, (French former professional footballer), on his idiosyncratic, intriguing memoir, Thinking Inside the Box, Vision Sports 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.
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!
BookBlast ePublishing | your writing, our passion
The new boutique digital imprint, BookBlast ePublishing, actively encourages good, well-edited writing.
Our tastes are eclectic, although our primary interest lies in non fiction, (memoir, autobiography, travel, popular culture). We will showcase timeless writing - classics - alongside a limited number of contemporary authors - new voices.
Our first ‘classic’ title The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch is now available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store on Amazon UK | France | US | Germany | The print edition is published in paperback by Phoenix, Orion UK and Simon & Schuster US; preface by Naomi Wolf.
We handle the negotiation and administration of intellectual property rights for a select number of estates. We are most active in the UK, France and the US.
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: MYuan@unitedagents.co.uk or Giles Smart (dramatic rights) e: firstname.lastname@example.org | USA: The Joy Harris Literary Agency 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 428 New York, NY 10016 e: email@example.com | Translation Rights: 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. These books have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature.