December Media Announcements

It’s such a busy time of year for folks it seems, and it’s true for Raincloud as well. We’ve been upgrading our website, staying busy on Instagram and shipping books left and right. That’s why it’s nice to take this chance to relax and share some media news with you.

Author Jenny Jaeckel’s review of The Time of the Doves by Merce Rodoreda appeared on Read It Forward‘s page titled “The Books 36 Authors Are  Giving Away to Their Friends This Holiday.” She wrote a longer review of the same title that will appear on her blog in the coming months. Her December post is good one too, about suggestions for topics of conversation at the proverbial holiday party. Wishing everyone happy holidays!

Shipment has Arrived!

The revised ARC has arrived! House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is publishing in April of 2018, and we have a second addition of the ARC with an updated cover as well as a corrected interior. Still, the art and text may not be final. But at least the text is not riddled with typos!

Books came by freight today packed on a small pallet. No one was at the warehouse (it was lunch time!) so I had to hustle down there to meet the truck driver. Which also meant there was no muscle besides my own to load the books in my car to go back to the office. 300 books in total added up! After school, my kids helped make a christmas tree out of books. Why not? House of Rougeaux is the right color for it.

All the giveaways on Instagram, Goodreads, and LibraryThing from December onward will be getting this new edition. If advance reviewers find any mistakes in this version, please let me, the publisher, know (Erika Lunder, raincloudpress @ gmail dot com); that would be so helpful.

Also, we’ve been looking for any reviews of House of Rougeaux to be posted after March 1st if possible. If you’re an independent book blogger and want to be part of an official blog tour, let us know! We’ll get you on the schedule.


House of Rougeaux ~ Description

In moving prose, House of Rougeaux weaves a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the clan takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.

It starts with siblings Abejé and her Adunbi, to whom home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, they thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, their strength and extraordinary bond carries them through.

At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owner’s daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddler’s apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free.

Award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of coming-of-age and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.

 

Designing the Case Boards of a Hardcover Book

Have you ever noticed the wide variety of colors and styles of hardcover books? Have you ever appreciated that bit of color peeking through a dust jacket? As a publisher, one of my favorite jobs is picking the colors and texture of the paper that covers the boards and makes up the outside of a hardcover book.

bottom, book open to the yellow end sheets

If you take the dust jacket off a favorite hardcover book, you will probably see a two-toned case, possibly one color. Also, there might be a texture, or combination of textures on that paper or cloth. The outside of a hardcover can sometimes contrast nicely with the end sheets. End sheets are the paper on the inside of the cover of a hardcover book.

For example, on Night at the Fiestas by Kirsten Valdez Quade there are two contrasting colors on the outside and a plain white paper on the inside. The spine of the book is stamped in gold (see pic above). There is a subtle texture on the black spine, but the blue part of the cover is smooth. Overall it’s a clean look. When the dust jacket is back on, the colors of the case peeks through and complement the colors on the cover (see left).

After our graphic designer designed a cover for our forthcoming book House of Rougeaux,  we used her design to print advance copies of our book . Using the palette of papers I received from the paper manufacturer (care of one of my printers: TPS), I spent some time tucking various colors under the cover of our advance copy. To start, I noticed our cover is very green, and I don’t want it any more green. So greens are out. As is blue, I wanted to lean toward earth tones.

 

Eventually I narrowed it down to a few choices. My favorites are “Bronzite” for the spine and “Dijon” for the main cover (see below). And I’m planning on a gold for the stamp (the title and author are “stamped” on the spine). Thanks for joining our little journey about designing the actual hardcover book. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes look at publishing.


House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is publishing in April 2018. To read more about House of Rougeaux, please visit this page.

Advance Review Copies

Our second printing of ARCs is underway, and our in-house designer has tweaked the cover slightly so it pops better. If you’re an indie bookstore, be on the lookout for these to come in your February White Box. If you are a blogger or with a media outlet, please contact us for a review copy:

Publisher: raincloudpress (at) gmail.com

Publicist: tanya (at) wunderkind-pr.com

More information for reviewers

Retail Preorder

Diverse Book Bloggers

Are you a #DiverseBookBlogger ? We are looking for bloggers, youtubers, and podcasts to review our historical novel HOUSE of ROUGEAUX, about straight and queer descendants of island slaves. We’re taking names now for January shipments. Book to publish in April. #Rougeaux

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel

For Abejé and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, they thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, their strength and extraordinary bond carries them through.

At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owner’s daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddler’s apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free.

As each new generation of the family takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.

In skillful prose, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.

 

 

Our Publicist and Marketing for House of Rougeaux

Raincloud Press is proud to announce we have signed Tanya Farrell at Wunderkind PR to be our publicist! We are so glad to have her team working tirelessly to get word of House of Rougeaux out to reviewers, media, and consumers.

Our marketing plans include:

  • Pitching to national broadcast, print, radio, and online media
  • Galley mailing to major trade reviewers
  • Placing original content in high profile media outlets
  • Social media campaign: Twitter, FB, Instagram, YouTube – #Rougeaux
  • Monthly Goodreads and LibraryThing give-aways
  • Bookstore outreach including February ABA White Box ARC mailing
  • Library outreach
  • Blogger and Podcast outreach, #diversebooks focus
  • Trade ad campaign: PW, BookRiot, BookPage,

Look for media coverage January-April 2018. Stay tuned for the latest praise and coverage of House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel.

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.