Writers' Club

About

Our Story

Once upon a time, there was a blight upon the world of self-publishing. The writers of the land were worried about extortionate fees, withheld royalty payments, a low-quality final product and very poor customer service. Finally, a trustworthy publishing company emerged from the heart of Wales to smite this problem before it quashed all creativity…

Hi, we’re Rowanvale Books. Nice to meet you! If you’re an independent author, writer or poet looking to publish, then we might just be the people for you. We firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue what it is that makes them happy. If you want to write, for example, then you should be able to do just that. We feel that author satisfaction and control should be paramount in self-publishing.

Our values are Ambition, Efficiency, Trust, Enjoyment and Energy, and we like to think that we live and breathe these every day. We’ve worked hard to create a company and culture that respects the dedication of indie authors and their aspirations and, above all else, lets authors get on with what they do best. 

The Characters

We think we have a brilliant team of hardworking people, all of whom love books and many of whom are tea enthusiasts. Find out more about our staff below.

Cat Cat Managing Director
Cat Charlton

Cat

Managing Director

Cat is the resident force to be reckoned with, being the driving energy behind sales, marketing and strategy. Having seen the poor service experienced by her father while self-publishing, Cat decided enough was enough and created Rowanvale Books, along with the previous Director, Sarah. She studied Psychology at university and, more recently, further studies in Leadership & Management. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and spaniel in the Welsh countryside.

The Rowanvale team are all exceptional individuals - they live and breathe our company values every day and are always striving to develop themselves and improve our services for authors. Working with the team is a pleasure; the atmosphere is great and I love welcoming new members to the Rowanvale family.

Billie Billie Senior Designer
Billie Hastie

Billie

Senior Designer

Billie opted to study Illustration at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and helps to bring our authors' vision for their book to life by working closely with them to ensure the look of the book is more than was hoped for. When she's not hunched over a desk, sketching away, Billie enjoys going to the gym and then putting the pounds back on with some delicious cake.

The real perk of my job at Rowanvale - apart from the endless stream of tea - is helping bring an author's vision to reality. There's nothing more rewarding than helping someone achieve their goal.

Emma Emma Writing Advisor via Emma's Edit
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Emma

Writing Advisor via Emma's Edit

Emma has worked with Rowanvale as a Senior Writing Advisor for 3 years and now works via her own company, www.emmasedit.com. She specialises predominantly in editing fantasy novels, but is able to work on all genres. If you wish to work specifically with Emma, please let us know so that we can refer you for a 5% discount off her services.

"I'm never happier than when I'm reading through a manuscript and get to think about how I can help make this amazing writing even better. I love working as a Writing Advisor because I have the all-important job of polishing a book until it dazzles - I can't imagine anything more exciting!"

Jay Jay Designer
Jay Rixon

Jay

Designer

Having a passion for art from a young age, Jay opted to study Illustration at the University of South Wales and now helps transform our authors' words into imagery. When he’s not putting pencil to paper, Jay enjoys challenging himself by climbing mountains, running half marathons and joining in with events like zombie runs.

The best part of working at Rowanvale Books is being part of such a great team. I also love breathing life into the world of writing through pictures and helping capture the author's vision.

Charlie Charlie Designer
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Charlie

Designer

Since her days as a child scribbling away on the backs of envelopes, Charlie has managed to scribble on much greater things, including some award winning children’s books! When she’s not illustrating, she enjoys singing loudly in the shower and playing with her daughter.

I’ve worked with the team at Rowanvale for years and they are such a dedicated and friendly bunch! We have been able to feedback and grow our businesses together, and they have allowed me the freedom to develop as an artist. I look forward to hopefully many more years of working together.”

Jess P. Jess P. Writing Advisor & Project Account Manager
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Jess P.

Writing Advisor & Project Account Manager

Developing a passion for literature in primary school, Jess studied English Literature at Cardiff University. She is an unashamed lover of decorative stationary, colour-coordinated lists and the smell of a new book. Her literary loves range from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones to chick-lit and mystery novels and, when not immersed in a book, the self-confessed chocoholic spends time with her husband and two young sons.

Applying for a position at Rowanvale Books was the best decision I ever made. It has been my dream to work in publishing since I was at school and being one of the first to cast my eye – and sometimes a little bit of magic – over an unpublished manuscript is a privilege I never dreamed of!

Ellie Ellie Senior Writing Advisor (and Designer)
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Ellie

Senior Writing Advisor (and Designer)

After studying History at the University of York, Ellie returned to her lifelong love of reading and writing to work at Rowanvale. Her other hobbies include having long debates about Star Wars, getting far too emotionally invested in video games, and playing a frankly unhealthy amount of Dungeons and Dragons. In case you haven't guessed, her favoured genre is definitely science fiction and fantasy, but she has read and loved books across every genre and market.
Rebeckah Rebeckah Designer
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Rebeckah

Designer

From spending her childhood copying the covers of Disney VHS tapes and taping all manner of scribbles and doodles to the surface of her house, Rebeckah has since abandoned the 'sensible' veterinary dream and took the plunge to dedicate herself to illustration full-time. She studied at University of South Wales and spends her time either developing her craft or sticking her nose between the pages of a book. Rebeckah takes inspiration from a multitude of stories and novels, often designing characters, scenes and storyboards for the books she devours. She has previously written and illustrated her own novellas and hopes to become an illustrator for a many number of books in the future.
Day Day Writing Advisor (US Specialism)
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Day

Writing Advisor (US Specialism)

Dayspring has a BA and a Masters degrees in Literature from the Universities of Toledo (Ohio) and Edinburgh respectively. She has ten years’ experience in proofreading and writing for magazines. As an editor her clients have included publishers, organisations and individuals from as far afield as China. She is the co-author of New Jungle, Same Old Monkeys (RoperPenberthy, 2017) and the author of a middle-grade historical novel about Dietrich Bonhoeffer to be published by Christian Focus in September 2018. Born in Michigan, she now lives in Scotland with her Highland husband and two children.

My dream as a teenager was to write novels from a garrett in London. My passion is great wordsmithery, and my pleasure is helping others hone their craft and prune just enough to let their words shine. I particularly love literary and upmarket fiction, but anything with great, three-dimensional characters is my jam. My favorite books include Lolita, Gone With the Wind and anything by Michel Faber. I am also well-versed (pun intended) in Christian literature and am happy editing in either American or British English. I am so thrilled that Rowanvale gives me a chance to do what I love while working around my full-time job as the mum of two busy toddlers!

Clare Clare Designer
Clare

Clare

Designer

Clare is a self employed artist/illustrator. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2005, with a BA (hons) in Visual Communication. Her style focuses on simple lines, colours and compositions. Through combining a technique of ink drawing and digital art, she creates images which suit children's books perfectly! She works from home in a small studio in her garden, mainly on product and gift design, commercial illustration, bespoke prints, and has now branched into the inspirational world of book illustration.
Jaide Jaide Publishing Advisor
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Jaide

Publishing Advisor

For as long as she can remember, Jaide has been a lover of words - writing, reading and listening. After Completing a BA in Media and Communications & Politics and International Relations, she enjoyed an internship at an Australian travel magazine publisher, before taking a few years off to have her three children! Returning to publishing has been a dream-come-true - she loves being a part of making other peoples' dreams (and words) into the reality of a book that they can feel deservedly proud of!
Gemma Gemma Project Account Manager
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Gemma

Project Account Manager

My passion for books led me to study English Literature at Cardiff University, but as my love of writing grew I opted to do a joint honours and added Creative Writing to my BA. I am always on the lookout for new fantasy and horror novels, as I have read Harry Potter and Stephen King too many times (if that is even possible!). I enjoy working with a friendly team and helping authors along their publishing journey.
Jess B. Jess B. Marketing Advisor
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Jess B.

Marketing Advisor

From a very young age, Jess has always been a self-confessed bookworm. While the other children at primary school aspired to be an astronaut or a popstar, she always insisted that her dream was to work in the local library, as she couldn't think of anything better than being surrounded by books all day. Through completion of her degree in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University, she also discovered a passion for marketing and advertising. To be able to combine these two passions through her role as a Marketing Advisor at Rowanvale is an absolute dream, and job satisfaction at its best.
Jess N. Jess N. Marketing & Promo Advisor
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Jess N.

Marketing & Promo Advisor

Jess fell in love with books at a young age, loving nothing more than a bedtime story. Books truly became a passion after reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (like most 90s kids) when she was just seven years old. After building a large fan base writing Harry Potter fan fiction online, Jess decided to study English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University, specialising in Children’s and Young Adult fiction. Since graduating, Jess achieved a diploma in Digital Marketing and worked for a variety of marketing, design and advertising agencies across Cardiff. Working at Rowanvale perfectly combines both of Jess’ passions - books and marketing!

Join our Story

So you’ve read our values, you’re interested in our story and you may be wondering how to join the team. We are interested in individuals who embody our values and are original, determined, dedicated and talented. You must also have a strong background in communication and a driven, ambitious attitude.

What can you expect from us? We encourage an energetic, progressive culture that is beneficial to all, focused on the happiness of our team members and authors. In return for your hard work and positive attitude, we offer great benefits in flexibility and rewards…

Do you think you have what it takes to help us write our next chapter? If you feel that you are the perfect match for us, we would love to get to know you - please get in touch!