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.

Three Titles Forthcoming

Here at Raincloud Press we’ve been working hard on our three titles scheduled for 2016 publication:

 

Rainbowcover44490From Ashes Into Light, debut visionary novel by Gudrun Mouw, is being sent to reviewers at this time, and there are a few copies available through giveaways on Goodreads (ends in two days) and LibraryThing (begins November 2nd). We are securing a blog tour and filling media inquiries. It is available for preorder on Amazon and will be available everywhere on 2/25/16.

 

The interior of For the Love of Meat is just complete, and sent to the printer for over 300 advance copies to be available for giveaways and reviews. There is a giveaway currently on Goodreads, and one to start on LibraryThing November 2nd. Publication is scheduled for 4/22/16.

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Thirdly, we are very happy to announce that our first Spanish-Language title will be published in Fall 2016 (with simultaneous publication of English version) Cunero 12: la historia de un nacimiento (Spot 12: A Story of a Birth). Raincloud Press and Josue Menjivar of Fresh Brewed Illustration completed the cover design and Menjivar will be putting the finishing touches on two interiors for us this Fall. We plan to have Spot 12 at BookExpo in Chicago this coming May, so we’ll have our ARCs by the beginning of Spring.

 

Spot 12 is a graphic memoir about a mother whose newborn spends five months in the NICU, written and illustrated by Jenny Jaeckel. It is a moving, raw and honest look at hospital- and crisis-induced PTSD and the effect of an extended medical stay on a family. We look forward to presenting it to the nursing, midwife and social work communities, and hope the Spanish language translation will help expand the resources for parents and families going through medical complications with their children. The journal Advances in Neonatal Care called it “very impressive,” and said that parents “will find comfort in how the author expresses their pain.” It was self-published in 2009 after winning the Xeric Grant in Canada. We are publishing a new edition and the first US release (October 2016).

For the Love of Meat ~ Proofs and Promotion

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For the Love of Meat, by Jenny Jaeckel, is scheduled for publication in April of 2016. But we are proofing it now because Raincloud Press needs a new distributor, and we need to show them how groovy our books are! Also, we are going to start looking for popular authors and celebrities to read and possibly endorse the book. So if you know anyone who might fit this label, we are sending out some proof copies (sparingly at this point). See the description for more info. I don’t want to give away all the illustrations inside the book (over 60!) but we’ll be featuring one a month until the book is published. Look for information about For the Love of Meat on the author’s website as well: www.jennyjaeckel.com. camel