About the Author

Since graduating Evergreen College (Olympia, Washington) with a BA in Creative Writing, and then from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Master’s in Hispanic Literatures, Jenny Jaeckel has written many short stories and illustrated her own stories. But Jaeckel’s first full-length book was a graphic novel about her experience with her baby in the NICU for over five months. She worked through the stress of that time by getting it all out on paper. Her effort won her the Canadian Xeric grant in 2008 (published in the States in 2016, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU). At that point, Jaeckel began to pen two more graphic novels (Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob 2014, and Odd Pieces, forthcoming). She also began to compile some of her short stories into a collection, and these were released in 2016 under the title For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories; they are eclectic stories from vastly different parts of the world and different times.

Two of the stories from her collection wouldn’t let Jaeckel rest. They felt unfinished. Jaeckel had to explore these stories more thoroughly. Eventually, though the two stories took place almost 200 years apart, she realized they were related to each other. Exploring this relationship led to five more generations of the Rougeaux family unveiling themselves, and the original stories shifting, until the the whole family epic came together in about 80,000 words. This was the birth of the debut novel House of Rougeaux.

Jaeckel and her publisher at Raincloud Press worked tirelessly with the gifted editor, Neesa Sonoquie (formerly of McSweeney’s), and a diverse group of beta readers to attune House of Rougeaux, in a perfect balance of the magical and the frighteningly real.

Author Bio

Jenny Jaeckel’s previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories, Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob, and the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Originally from California, Jenny Jaeckel lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and child. Find out more about Jenny Jaeckel at www.jennyjaeckel.com.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards

 

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU received it’s most prestigious award yet: the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family Catagory. Graphic Novels (Comics!) have come a long way. Ten years ago very few comics were winning non-comic awards, but now it’s getting more common. It’s a great pleasure for us to have one of our titles celebrated in this way. The author Jenny Jaeckel is a hard-working and dedicated author and illustrator, and we’re glad for her to receive recognition. If you haven’t read her story Spot 12 about her harrowing experience with a baby in the NICU, you can order it here (or anywhere you get your books), and read the description below. If you have read Spot 12, please check out Jaeckel’s blog, where she’s written a series updating readers about Asa’s progress after the return home from the hospital. Spot 12 has  also been translated into Spanish, look for Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales.

Spot 12 Description

A visually gripping illustrated memoir, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem and the first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind. Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. At times the parents battle feelings of helplessness but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.

Spot 12 has won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category, and was named a finalist in the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards for the Comics: Graphic Novel Category.

Author Bio

Jenny Jaeckel is the author of the forthcoming House of Rougeaux, which is her debut novel. Her previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories and Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob. In 2016, Jaeckel published the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Spot 12 was also a 2016 finalist in the Foreword Indies Book Awards. Jaeckel has also appeared as a guest on the popular podcast ONE BAD MOTHER.

Jenny Jaeckel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked as a translator, an editor, a Spanish teacher, a graphic arts teacher and an illustrator.

Jenny Jaeckel was born in California, but lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she and her husband became health refugees when their child needed a decade of specialized medical care. Jaeckel is currently working on her second novel, a continuation of the family epic House of Rougeaux, yet to be named.

Raincloud Press Titles Receive the 2016 Best Book Awards

best_book_award_badgeThis is an especially good day at Raincloud Press. All three books that we published this year became finalists in the 2016 Best Book Awards! From Ashes Into Light is a finalist in both Fiction: New Age and Fiction: Visionary. For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories is a finalist for Fiction: Short Stories. And Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU is a finalist in Comics: Graphic Novel.

From_Ashes_Into_Light_Award_Cover_90This is a huge honor for us! It’s great to have the talent of our authors, Gudrun Mouw and Jenny Jaeckel, acknowledged in this way. For Gudrun Mouw and her debut novel From Ashes Into Light, this is her third award. Although her reviews on Goodreads have been mixed, the award judges are picking this book again and again. There really is nothing like From Ashes Into Light: spiritual fiction about some of the world’s biggest tragedies and a soul who reincarnates through the ages. The narrative is poetic and shifts between four main characters, making it perhaps a little complicated for those used to genre fiction.

Our lead title for Fall of 2016 is Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU. The Best Book Award is the first award for this title and we are thrilled. Spot 12 is an adult comic book about the author Jenny Jaeckel’s time in the NICU with her newborn who was born with a genetic condition. The baby Asa survives a harrowing first five months. Spot 12 is getting great reviews and by word of mouth is transforming how friends, families and strangers are viewing the NICU experience.

For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories by Jenny Jaeckel got squeezed out of it’s summer publication spot so that Raincloud Press could transfer all our titles to a new distributor (Small Press United). For the Love of Meat was published in October alongside Spot 12, but without the same media attention. That wasn’t the original plan. But some books gain notice after slowly building fans, and this is what For the Love of Meat will probably do. Some of the biggest fans of this collection of short stories are librarians, who can appreciate the Latin flavor of this multicultural and multinational collection.

meat_front_3_small-copyWhat’s Next

We had a few titles scheduled for 2017, but I’ve pulled those to make room for House of Rougeaux, Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel now scheduled for the beginning of 2018. This is a novel of a lifetime and we need a whole year to midwife our precious manuscript. Thanks go out to our test readers who are bouncing up and down with excitement over this title, and also managing to give insightful and helpful feedback. Next step, professional editing and cover mock-ups. Advance copies should be ready by June 2017.

Raincloud Press is publishing quality literature, inclusive literature and narratives that feed the best of what people have to offer: Community, love, overcoming oppression, humor, racial and spiritual tolerance and harmony, and an LGBTQ supportive environment. Something about that feels so radical right now. And I just can’t put my finger on why…

 

 

Spot 12 ~ Published at Last

img_1254We have been very busy all summer getting ready for the publication of Jenny Jaeckel’s two latest books: Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU and For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories. Two very different books that ended up publishing in the same month because of delays over the summer.

If you need some recommendations for Spot 12, Jaeckel’s memoir about her baby who spent 5 months in the NICU because of a congenital condition, see this review from the blog tour: Lovely Bookshelf. Or you can go to www.spot12book.com for a list of about 12 reviews that went up during our blog tour that just ended today.

For the Love of Meat is Jaeckel’s first collection of short stories and reading it is like taking a mini-holiday around the globe. We did a review campaign on Amazon, getting advance copies in the hands of reviewer, and you can read the reviews if you want to hear what people are saying. Of course, both books are on Jaeckel’s Goodreads page, which is always a great place to go to decide whether you want to read a book or not.

As the publisher, October was very demanding. I’ll be glad to put my feet a little up in the coming months. But there’s not too much time for rest, because Jaeckel’s first novel is out to the first batch of test readers. After the next rewrite, I’ll be getting together with our editor, cover designer and publicist to begin to get House of Rougeaux in shape to be published in March 2018.

Yikes! That’s a long time from now! But the better the book, the longer it takes to come out because everything has to be just so. I won’t say anything more, except that this is an amazing full-length novel.

One Month Countdown ~ 100 Copies to Give Away!

It’s one month until Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU publishes. This unique graphic memoir, sometimes called Graphic Medicine (a visual story about medical-related issues), brings us an intimate portrait of a mother living in the hospital with her baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Author Jenny Jaeckel first published this book in Canada after winning the prestigious Xeric grant in 2008. For the first time on October 7th, 2016 Spot 12 will be available in the US market through a major distributor (Small Press United, a division of IPG).

Spot_12_Cover_90In honor of this big day, Raincloud Press has decided to give away 100 copies of Spot 12 through the Goodreads Giveaway program. The giveaway starts today and ends on October 2nd. You do have to be a member of Goodreads to enter the giveaway. But signing up is easy and you can set it up so you won’t get any junk mail.

If you have never checked out Goodreads, it is a social site for book lovers. It gives you an easy way to keep track of books you’ve read, how you liked them, and books you want to read. It’s very user-friendly and if you are considering reading a book, there are a ton of reviews that can help you decide. Writing reviews on Goodreads is a great way to support your favorite authors or publishers.

Here’s the link:

Goodreads Giveaway

or clink on the link in the sidebar

 

Cunero 12

Don’t forget that Spot 12 is also being released in Spanish (Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales). Consider donating a pair of copies (in English and Spanish) for your local library, hospital or special needs organization and help support parents who have been through a difficult hospital stay.

Spread the Word

The most powerful force in the book world today is word-of-mouth. If you love Spot 12, pass it around to your friends. Tell family about it. Help spread the word of this brave and pioneering story. Thanks for your support!

Read More

Visit the website dedicated to Spot 12 for advance praise and Jenny Jaeckel’s Biography.

Visit Jenny Jaeckel’s blog for a continuation of the story that begins in Spot 12. 

Raising a Special Needs Child

Asa_signs_cheese_150Raincloud Press author Jenny Jaeckel is sharing blog posts about the different stages of raising her daughter who had special medical needs. Her book, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, publishes in October and is about the first 5 months of her daughter’s life. But what happens after the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)?

Jenny answers those questions in her three posts so far: An Infant’s First Year Home from the NICU, Asa’s Tracheotomy: Learning Language, and Toddler Trach and Transitioning off her G-Tube. Her posts are a glimpse into their daily life and she writes with a great perspective and sense of humor.

Advance copies of Spot 12 are going out by the dozens to potential reviewers. If you are with the media or a blogger please contact me for your review copy: raincloudpress @ gmail dot com. For materials please visit: www.spot12book.com

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU

Spot_12_Cover_90Spot 12 delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel. A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem, and first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind.

Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. But even the best hospital staff make mistakes, and Jaeckel and her husband’s vigilance must be acute. At times they battle feelings of helplessness, but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.