About BookBlast™

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.

Why BookBlast? Experience, originality, results. Since 1997, clients have included: Gollancz, Pan Macmillan, Harpercollins, Abacus, Continuum (US), Orion, Stacey International, Barzan Publishing, Blackamber Books, Counterpoint (The British Council), Routledge, Darf Publishers, Vision Sports Publishing, Stellar Sports Management, Maclehose Press, Virago, NYRB Classics in (New York … éditions Zulma, J'ai Lu/Flammarion, Anne Carrière, Gallimard, Grasset & Fasquelle, Florent Massot, La Table Ronde & more!

Why a collective? BookBlast™ collaborates with writing professionals who share common interests. We pool skills, experience and contacts to provide the best possible service(s) to our clients, and deliver projects on time, on budget, and on value.

Reader Credits: PEN Translates!, Harvill Secker, Serpent's Tail, Mulcahy Conway Associates, Eland Publishing & more!

BookBlast™ — the backstory

BookBlast™ was founded in 1997 by Georgia de Chamberet, dubbed "L'enfant terrible of British publishing" by Le Figaro. She was fuelled by a desire to foster diversity across cultures and markets via translation; promote the independent sector looking beyond the mainstream.

The agency's notable successes include: Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain ed. Onyekachi Wambu, and XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing which showcased a new generation of French writers unpublished and unknown in English at the time — Frédéric Beigbeder, Tonino Benacquista, Virginie Despentes, Michel Houellebecq, Abdourahman Waberi among them … Read More

Formerly a senior editor at Quartet Books collaborating with editorial director, Stephen Pickles, and editor-at-large, the late Anthony Blond, Georgia was responsible for publishing Tahar Ben Jelloun, Daniel Pennac, Annie Ernaux, Hervé Guibert, Per Olov Enquist, Juan Goytisolo, The Voice of the Turtle: an anthology of Cuban Short Stories Peter Bush (ed.), Blond's Roman Emperors, and Simon Leys (The Death of Napoleon won the 1992 Independent Award for Foreign Fiction). She was commissioning editor at Robin Clark, reprinting Emanuel Litvinoff, Alethea Heyter, Steven Berkoff, Diana Athill.

She was also managing editor of the Quartet Encounters series, publishing the best of world writing in translation, including titles by Aharon Appelfeld, E. M. Cioran, Stig Dagerman, Per Olov Enquist, Giorgio Bassani.

Georgia was a founding committee member of English PEN's Writers in Translation programme and an Assessor (French) for PEN Translates! Her writing has been published in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement, Independent, Guardian, The Lady, BANIPAL, 3ammagazine.com, words without borders.org.

Special thanks to BookBlast's friends and supporters. We would like to express our appreciation of and gratitude to Ben Fiagbe for his unparalleled technical expertise and support as BookBlast™ has evolved over the years; to Alan Williams for his legal brilliance; to Stefano Arata at Good Company for creating the BookBlast™ logo; to Ian Hughes at Mousemat Design Ltd for his epublishing digital know-how; and to our advisor-friends in the UK-US Publishing industry (they know who they are!).