Welcome to BookBlast® a catalyst for publishing

• BookBlast® is a London-based agency for editors and translators which grew out of BookBlast® originally being an authors’ agency. A team of editors, translators and consultants with decades of experience behind them share their skills and a passion for good writing, providing the best possible service to customers and partners. We who know the publishing industry from the inside out can deliver high-value projects on time and on budget.
• As well as our core editorial and translation services, online journal The BookBlast® Diary showcases independent trade publishing and writing from France.
• We also manage several literary estates. A selection of titles by 1950s literary bohemians Lesley Blanch & Gael Elton Mayo are available from BookBlast® ePublishing.

• Self-published authors wanting to access high street book chains can check out Ingram Spark's special service for indie authors.
• Guidelines on how to find a literary agent, courtesy of the Writers & Artists Yearbook, can be found HERE.

The BookBlast® Diary | indulgent reads for independent minds

bookblast_book_bomb Why Independence Matters "In the late 1980s, commissioning editors held sway … now it is the sales and marketing teams that do so …" Read More

BookBlasts® | Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds

2017: July | August | September | October | November | December
2018: January | February | March

The Indie Publishers

Cheryl Robson, Aurora Metro | Michel Moushabeck, Interlink Publishing | Clare Christian, Red Door Publishing | Michael Schmidt, Carcanet Press | Anne Dolamore, Grub Street | Ana Pérez Galván, Hispabooks | François von Hurter, Bitter Lemon Press | Ghassan Fergiani, Darf Publishing | Kelly Davio, Eyewear Books | Roh-Suan Tung, Balestier Press | Jane Aitken, Gallic & Aardvark | Eric Lane, Dedalus Books | Kevin Duffy, Bluemoose Books | Polly Pattullo, Papillote Press | Jen Hamilton-Emery, Salt Publishing | Ra Page, Comma Press | Julia Marshall, Gecko Press | The Directors of Eland Books | Sam Mills, Dodo Ink | Michael Z. Wise, Co-founder, New Vessel Press | Cécile Menon, founder, Les Fugitives | Sam Jordison, co-founder, Galley Beggar Press | Carolina Orloff, co-founder, Charco Press | Susan Curtis-Kojakovic, founder, Istros Books | Rosemarie Hudson, founder, HopeRoad Publishing.

Indie Publishers remembered: Maurice Girodias, Olympia Press.

The Books

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema | The Book of the Sultan's Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars, winner of the 2016 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation | Debut novel, Beneath the Surface | Poetry collection, Skies | Vegetarianism: A History | Of dwarves and men, A Bad End | Argentinian crime thriller, Betty Boo | A daring slave escape story for children, Oh, Freedom! | Poetry on the road, Four Points Fourteen Lines | Women, sex and corruption Chinese style, Crystal Wedding | Emigrants in euroland, Landing | Greek thriller, Blood & Gold | Hons and rebels in 1760s Yorkshire, The Gallows Pole | Caribbean magical-realist classic, Witchbroom | A wartime tale of betrayal and survival, The Photographer | A timely collection about people power and rebellion, Protest! Stories of Resistance | Mad, bad & dangerous to know: A Man of Genius | A homage to Pakistan, Travels in a Dervish Cloak | Of faith and man, As A God Might Be | The death of species, The Green Lion | Uncovering a Parisian Life, The Madeleine Project | Activism on the page, Translation as Transhumance | British Noir, So the Doves | dystopian fanography, Tinderbox | A brief existential history of the world in eight essays, Fireflies | After the war in Bosnia ... Seven Terrors.

Their Authors …

Youssef Rakha | Heidi Perks | Alison Brackenbury | Colin Spencer | Claudia Piñeiro | Tony Chan | Laia Fàbregas | Benjamin Myers | Lawrence Scott | Meike Ziervogel | Stuart Evers | Janet Todd | Isambard Wilkinson | Henrietta Rose-Innes | Neil Griffiths | Clara Beaudoux | Heidi James | Megan Dunn | Selvedin Avdic.

& Translators

Peter Bush | Siân Williams | Nicky Harman | Samantha Schnee | Jamie Bulloch | Frank Wynne | Cathy Hirano | Ros Schwartz | Fionn Petch.

Guest Writers

Henrietta Foster, journalist | Philip Marsden, author | Philip Mansel, author & historian | Jane McLoughlin, journalist & author | C.J. Schüler, journalist & cultural historian.

The BookBlast® Review

bookblast_cat Non fiction
Go, Went, Gone, Jenny Erpenbeck | Revolution! Writing from Russia 1917, Pete Ayrton (ed.) | Fathers and Sons, Howard Cunnell | Swallowing Mercury, Wioletta Greg | Selected Writings, Magritte | Aleppo, Philip Mansel | A History of the Authors’ Club of London 1891-2016, C. J. Schüler | Other Ways of Seeing, Emma.
Vernon Subutex 1, Virginie Despentes | Arab Jazz, Karim Miske | Ladivine, Marie NDiaye | The Past, Alan Pauls | Dew Angels, Melanie Schwapp | The Orange Grove, Larry Tremblay.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe & The Fire Horse, Megumi Iwasa & Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Kharms.
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.

The BookBlast® Interview

Susan Harris, wordswithoutborders.org | Linda Kelly, author | Andrew Lycett, author | Philip Mansel, author & historian | Florent Massot, publisher & entrepreneur | Melanie Schwapp, author | Siân Williams, founder, The Children’s Bookshow | Pete Ayrton, founder, Serpent's Tail.

Insight | selected highlights

Top 5 French Reads January, 2018;
The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2018;
The seemingly unstoppable boom in indie publishing & The Republic of Consciousness Prize;
Celebrating 15 Years of the Children’s Bookshow;
The Art of Narrative non fiction;
What do Non Fiction Book Editors Want?
The A to Z of Literary Translation;
Boom not Bust: Translation in the UK;
The Rise and Rise of Literary Festivals;
Sex in the Nineteenth Century City;
Beauty Victims at Le Palace;
Patrick Modiano: Public Novelist, Private Man;
The Russians are Coming!
Dreaming of Outer Mongolia.

The BookBlast® Archive | selected highlights

Jean Anouilh, interviewed | The Problem of Working Together, Elton Mayo | Spain Around Us, Spanish-American Courier | The Three Faces of Elton Mayo | The Magnum Photographic Group | Spain Revisited | Giles: Friendship in a Time of War.

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