Welcome to The BookBlast™ Collective

The BookBlast™ Collective is a one-stop shop which offers a portfolio of editing, translation and promotional services to writing professionals.
The agency also sells rights in intellectual property created by living and deceased authors.
Clients and their work are showcased via The BookBlast™ Diary.


World rights (excl. French language) in Philip Mann's The Dandy at Dusk — Taste and Melancholy in the 20th Century, with a Preface by Nicky Haslam, have been sold to Head of Zeus. Publication: October, 2017.

The French edition of Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago) translated by Lucien d'Azay will be published in 2018 by La Table Ronde, Paris.

A companion volume to Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs — Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places — will be published by Quartet Books in June, 2017.

Journey Into The Mind's Eye, Lesley Blanch's memoir about love and loss and longing, will be published by New York Review of Books Classics, New York, in 2018.

BookBlast™ Celebrates Independent Publishing

Why does independence matter?
Meet some of the UK's leading indie Publishers … Read More | their Authors … Read More | their Translators … Read More & browse their Books … Read More

Editorial Services

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

Our focus is non-fiction (biography, autobiography, travel and creative non-fiction), literary, historic & translated fiction. We can help you write your memoirs; edit or ghost-write your book.

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

Are you a writer who … Requires manuscript assessment? Mentoring? A strategy for approaching agents and publishers?

If so, you're in the right place … Read More

BookBlast France

We offer specialist translation consultancy & assessment, and sensitive copy-editing. Culturally diverse books and French football are a speciality … Read More

The A to Z of Literary Translation was posted in instalments on the words without borders blog in 2008. Commended by doyenne of translators, Anthea Bell — 'An excellent A to Z. It's great' — the A to Z was circulated at the masters class in translation studies which Alane Mason (W.W. Norton) and Dedi Felman (Simon & Schuster) team taught in at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2008. It remains a handy quick reference guide for the translation community … Read More


With over 25 years of cross-channel experience, we specialise in B2B agenting for publishers, with a focus on selling translation rights to France; and for French publishers into the UK … Read More

BookBlast™ represents writers —

Philip Mann, Dr Mike Diboll, Ed Evans, Rupert Bogarde, Mounsi. Read More
Writers specifically represented by BookBlast™ are not charged reading, assessment or editing fees; income is derived from commission on the sale of rights.
Not looking at unsolicited new material for the time being.

BookBlast™ offers consultancy for the management of writers' estates —

Distinguished traveller and biographer, Lesley Blanch, MBE, (1904-2007), is best-known for The Wilder Shores of Love about four nineteenth-century women who travelled East — which became an instant classic when published in 1954 … Read More

Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo,(1880-1949), is famous for the Hawthorne Experiments (1924-1933), a landmark in industrial psychology and the human relations movement … Read More

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, (1921-92). Writer, photographer and artist, she worked for Picture Post and as writer-researcher for Magnum Photographers in Paris, with Robert Capa, David Seymour and Henri Cartier Bresson … Read More

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.