I am very happy to announce that I have recently signed a contract with the UK-based Jessica Kingsley Publishers, a company well-known for publishing autism-related books, to write a book provisionally titled “Shake it Up: How to be young, autistic, and make a difference.” I’m going to be a published author!
The book will be a how-to guide for autistic teens and young adults who are interested in becoming advocates and change-makers in their communities (because autistic people, being the caring empathetic people that we are, are often interested in social activism and advocacy and yet also often require taking a different approach to advocacy because of our different neurological needs). The book will also feature twelve interviews and case studies with autistic teen and young adult advocates who are making a difference both locally and globally in a variety of different fields of activism and advocacy.
I’ve been working on securing this book deal for well over a year now, and I’m so glad that after many delays I have finally signed the contract. Jessica Kingsley truly is one of the leading publishers of books about autism and other autistic authors have had great experiences working with them, so I’m definitely looking forward to this opportunity.
As I will be spending a lot of time working on this book over the next nine months I apologize in advance that blog posts may not come as frequently. I will try to write a blog post at least once a month if I can to keep the blog active. No guarantees, but I will do my best to keep delivering content so long as I have the energy to do so. Writing, even when I’m typing, is very taxing for me because autism presents a lot of extra challenges regarding motor control, staying focused, executive dysfunction and slow language processing. I assure you, however, that I am still here, I’m still reading comments, and I still respond to emails.
I will also post updates about the book as it comes along. Expected release date for the actual book is the fourth quarter of 2021 or perhaps a little bit later.