Ask a Publisher: Ali Dougal, Editorial Director for Egmont Press

Recorded June 20th 2014 in London at Egmont UK

Rowena House is a journalist by trade - an ex-Reuters foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa, now a sub-editor specialising in international affairs. She turned to writing fiction for young people to meet a deep desire to tell gritty stories that are true in an emotional sense, without being constrained by ‘the facts’. She's recently been published by Andersen Press in the War Girls anthology with her short story The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese. Rowena lives in rural Devon with her remarkably tolerant family and their less tolerant dog, a grey-and-white sheep dog called Fletcher.


  1. I'm very glad I listened to this. Not least because Ali highlights the importance of finding an agent, and a fresh voice - but also the significance of soul. Without this your story won't live and breathe. Egmont sounds like a nurturing publisher - all too aware of the importance in encouraging the author to develop their own, authentic voice. I might also have to dash out and read Grasshopper Jungle. Thank you!


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