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BookBlast is a specialist boutique agency which offers a range of editing & French-to-English translation services to publishing and writing professionals.

Our focus is non-fiction (memoir, travel and creative non-fiction); timeless classics; quality fiction (adult and YA).

BookBlast also offers Rights Management Services, handling the sale, negotiation and administration of foreign rights to France and the UK for publishers, individual authors and literary estates.

BookBlast PRomotes: Celebrating Independent Publishing, we feature entrepreneurial indie publishers, their books, authors and translators in The BookBlast Dairy.

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BookBlast Celebrates Independent Publishing

Independent presses are vital for discovering and launching new voices. Why independence matters => we spotlight leading indie book publishers, their lead titles, authors & translators

Indie Publisher of the Week | Roh-Suan Tung @BalestierPress contd =>

Book of the Week | Crystal Wedding by Xu Xiaobin contd =>

Translator of the Week | Nicky Harman @NickyHarman_cn contd =>


Publisher interviews => Cheryl Robson, founder of Aurora Metro | Michel Moushabeck, founder of Interlink Publishing | Clare Christian, founder of Red Door Publishing | Michael Schmidt, founder of Carcanet Press | Anne Dolamore, co-publisher at Grub Street | Ana Perez Galvan, publisher at Hispabooks | François von Hurter, Bitter Lemon Press | Ghassan Fergiani, Darf Publishing | Kelly Davio, Senior Editor, Eyewear Books

Book of the Week => Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema | The Book of the Sultan's Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars | Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City | Beneath the Surface | Poetry collection, Skies | Vegetarianism: A History| A Bad End | Argentinian thriller, Betty Boo | debut YA novel, Dew Angels | award-winning children's book by Francesco D'Adamo, Oh, Freedom! | poetry on the road, Four Points, Fourteen Lines | emigrant tale, Landing

Author of the Week => Youssef Rakha | Philip Mansel | Heidi Perks | Alison Brackenbury | Colin Spencer | Claudia Piñeiro | Melanie Schwapp | Laia Fàbregas

Translator of the Week => Peter Bush | Siân Williams | Samantha Schnee

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Editing & French-to-English translation services

If you need copy-editing, rewriting, mentoring, or editorial troubleshooting you're in the right place . . . more =>

Our focus is literary and commercial non-fiction (biography, autobiography, travel and creative non-fiction), historical fiction, and French literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.

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

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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Boutique 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 should be addressed to Georgina Gordon-Smith at United Agents e: ggsmith@unitedagents.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3214 0867. Translation rights queries should be addressed to 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 her 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.