From Ashes into Light

From Ashes Into LightIt’s been an extraordinary process
getting the cover just right for From
Ashes into Light
. And I couldn’t have done
it without designer Josue Menjivar of Fresh
Brewed Illustration
and my husband Zeke. I
also couldn’t have done it without
reading the novel again, for a seventh
time probably, doing the final edits
(except I’m still waiting for the Native American readers who are giving
feedback on the Native sections of the book). A story of this depth has
something new to say in each reading.
This time, I really felt the struggles
and the beauty together, the paradox,
that makes the tale so enthralling. That gave me the inspiration
for this installment (hopefully final!) of the cover.

Happy New Year

Raincloud Press is officially one year old. With two books under our belt that are being well-received, it feels like a good start to this small press. Deer Creek Resources LLC (which owns Raincloud) had a good year, and has invested more money in the imprint, allowing us to get ready for our first hardcover publication.

We have been Print-on-Demand for the most part, but now we are working with a printer in nearby Santa Clara.   We are also applying with new distributors, looking for that perfect partnership that will help our books get into more hands.

BlackoneCloudCatalogA few of the best things about 2014 for me was getting our books in the local bookstore (Lyons Books), and the two conferences I attended (IBPA’s Publishers University & NCIBA Discovery Show) where I enjoyed mingling with other small presses and booksellers.

I’ve been working with my authors and editors on timing for this coming year. I’m tentatively scheduling our first novel and first hardcover publication, From Ashes into Light, for October of this year. The advance copies are scheduled to arrive this week, and we are rounding up blurb writers. We are particularly interested in feedback about what books are similar to this rich, multilayered title. If you are a reviewer and want a review copy, please email me or stay tuned for the manuscript to be available on NetGalley (by the end of March). Also, I will be giving copies away on Check back in April or so for a link to Goodreads Giveaway.


Erika Lunder, Publisher