About BookBlast®

• BookBlast® is a boutique publishing consultancy.
• We are a collective of experienced published writers, translators and editors. We can help to bring to fruition book projects in development. Translation is a speciality.
• We promote the diversity and vibrancy of the independent publishing sector via The BookBlast® Diary.
• We also manage several major literary estates and offer rights consultancy services.
• 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.

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 …

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 friends in the Anglo-American Publishing industry (they know who they are!).

BookBlast® — the backstory

BookBlast® literary agency was founded in 1997 by Georgia de Chamberet, dubbed "L'enfant terrible of British publishing" by Le Figaro newspaper.

BookBlast® has always been cosmopolitan in spirit, and gravitates towards the best independent-spirited and diverse writing.

When the first bookblast.com website went live in 2000, our vision was to build up a community keen to engage with innovative ideas from around the world. Agenting was the way forwards back then. Now it is curated online journalism.

The agency's notable successes included:
Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain ed. Onyekachi Wambu;
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.