Welcome to BookBlast® a catalyst for publishing

The BookBlast® portfolio of literary businesses – written and digital – includes bespoke editing and translation services for publishers and authors; and the rights management of various literary estates. The imprint, BookBlast® ePublishing, produces ebook and POD editions of titles by certain clients.

The online journal The BookBlast® Diary and the BookBlast® 10x10 Tour of live nationwide events showcase independent trade publishing and world writing in translation with a focus on France.

Events

The BookBlast® 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones

Click HERE to hear the 10x10 Tour podcasts

Ten risk-taking, innovative publishers and their authors, poets and translators visited nine major cities across England over ten weeks in Autumn 2018. The tour inspired readers to sample writing and ideas from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean — more HERE

@LisaAppignanesi — “Congratulations from @RSLiterature on your great tour.”

Visibility for the publishers and their authors-translators was enhanced, with their books displayed in participating Waterstones flagship stores, and reviewed or included in round ups in the quality broadsheets including Sunday Times Culture, Telegraph Review, Observer and i-newspaper among others.

Browse the BookBlast® 10×10 Tour catalogue

Services

BookBlast® Translation & Editing

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We can evaluate and/or translate French-language texts, troubleshoot issues, copy edit translations.

More info: Translation

We can help publishers, authors, agents & literary executors solve editorial issues.

More info: Editorial

 

 

Online Journal — The BookBlast® Diary

bookblast_shadow_banner Set up in 2015, The BookBlast® Diary features reviews; interviews with leading writers, translators, artists and independent publishers; podcasts; and Spotlight specials promoting international literature. Its slogan is "indulgent reads for independent minds."

Our celebration of independent publishing was launched in February 2016. Indie trade publishers bring variety and value to our cultural landscape — more HERE

At BookBlast® we are unashamedly Francophone, bringing you Gallic flair and literary #FCUK

Testimonials

MacLehose Press — "Brilliant work. And what work. Huge salutes."
Les Fugitives — "The BookBlast Diary is great – as I'm sure many writers, readers and publishers have told you before."
Starhaven Press — "Enterprising. Dedicated. Tireless."

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Estates

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A selection of titles by 1950s bohemian beauties Gael Elton Mayo & Lesley Blanch are available from BookBlast® ePublishing.

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places (Quartet Books) is the companion volume to Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago).

The French edition, translated by Lucien d'Azay is published by La Table Ronde, Paris, under the title Croquis d'une vie de bohème. Figaro Littéraire — "Fine, perceptive writing."

An earlier memoir is now available in the US. “Written in 1968 and reprinted by NYRB Classics this past July, Journey Into the Mind’s Eye, Blanch’s hybrid work of memoir, travelogue, history, and literary criticism is startlingly ahead of its time . . . idiosyncratic and sparklingly entertaining” — Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Mad Mosaic by Gael Elton Mayo is her first-hand account of World War Two and the fight for freedom against authoritarian populism. It is ominously relevant to Western democracies today. Kindle & POD paperback