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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.

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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

 

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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. 

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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.

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Spot 12 Makes PW’s Fall Announcements List!

Spot_12_Cover_90Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU is publishing in October this year during the very busy Fall Book Season. We are working extra hard to get the word out, so this amazing graphic memoir doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

This week has been full of good publicity! We learned that Kirkus Reviews chose their review of Spot 12 to be printed in their print magazine, which one of their marketing team told me they only do for 10% of their indie reviews. Now I just saw Spot 12 on Publishers Weekly Fall Announcement List. That’s so great! This list lets librarians, bookstore owners, and bookstore employees know what are the exciting titles for Fall.

For those of you who are advance readers and want to hear more about Jenny Jaeckel’s journey with her special needs infant, you can visit her blog . She just wrote a new post about the first year out of the hospital. And all summer she will be writing about the years following Spot 12 (Asa is now 11 years old).

Spot 12 also has a dedicated website with more detailed information. Check it out here. We are still in a transition while our titles switch over exclusively to IPG (SPU) Distribution, so stay tuned for ordering details to be posting later in the summer.

Spot 12 Description

Spot 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.

 

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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).

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Spot 12 ~ Cover for the New Edition

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Here is the new cover for the revised US edition of Spot 12 by Jenny Jaeckel. The new edition is also now on Goodreads, so if you read the first edition already you can review it and let people know what you thought! For those of you wanting a copy of the new, larger edition, the release date is a little more than a year away. It’ll go quick, I promise.

 

New cover by Josué Menjivar of Fresh Brewed Illustration and Raincloud Press.