By Hannah Johnson
This week, the Blake Friedmann Agency shared the sad news that literary agent Carole Blake (70) died on October 25, 2016: “The loss of such an incredible woman so soon is not something any of us feel prepared for, but we are grateful that she lived so fully to the last, and that she died swiftly and painlessly, on being readmitted to hospital last night, with Julian by her side.”
Back in 2011, Andrew Wilkins interviewed Blake for Publishing Perspectives during the Frankfurt Book Fair:
Across Twitter and Facebook, publishing colleagues have been sharing their memories and condolences:
This is the picture I'll remember Carole Blake by. On her 70th b'day just 3 weeks ago. Champagne in hand & that big, naughty smile! pic.twitter.com/vWhOeZVC8i
— Peter James (@peterjamesuk) October 27, 2016
— Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) October 27, 2016
So shocked to hear the sad news about Carole Blake. She was a force and a superb agent. Thinking of family, friends and colleagues.
— Rebecca Smart (@rebecsmart) October 27, 2016
The Bookseller spoke to a number of industry leaders—including Pan Macmillan publisher Jeremy Trevathan, literary agent Jonathan Lloyd, HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne, and others—who remembered Blake for her wisdom, dedication to her authors, and her friendship.
In 2013, Blake celebrated 50 years in the book industry and received the Women in Publishing Pandora Award. She participated actively in publishing community, serving, among other positions, as president of Association of Authors’ Agents, associate VP of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and chair of the Society of Bookmen.
Blake co-founded the Blake Friedmann Agency with Julian Friedmann in 1982. Blake handled book rights, and Friedmann focused on film and television.
In addition to representing authors, Blake was herself a bestselling author. At the time of her death, Blake’s bestseller From Pitch to Publication (Macmillan) had been reprinted 19 times.