You should write a book
After every presentation I gave for the first few years, several people would inedibly approach me and ask me to write a book. I squirmed at the idea given that writing was never my strongest asset. In fact, I was a rather poor English student in grade school. Writing was never at the top of my list.
I approached several publishers with my first draft and I was quickly turned down with the byline – there just isn’t a market for books written by women on the spectrum. Well, the one thing you should never do is tell me I can’t do something, so I went to work creating, editing, laying out, and publishing my book on my own in 2011.
The first cover was a disaster, but what did I know? Despite it’s look, I received many great reviews on Amazon.
“I loved this book! After hearing Laura Nadine speak at an Autism Conference I wanted to know more about her and her life. This is a wonderful glimpse into the life of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome. I am adding it to my list of must reads.” – Courtney Bernardo
“Laura Nadine gives an intriguing personal account of how her life, in many ways, has been “backward.” Hence the title word “Snamuh” — “humans” spelled backward. A gifted musician, Nadine gives a humorous-but-gripping account of her struggle with Asperger’s, how she used music to overcome communication barriers. “When I played the violin, it was the only language I could speak clearly and without offense to others.” The true brilliance of this book is the author’s ability to observe herself.A great read for anyone interested in Asperger’s in particular and the human brain in general.” – Richard White
“From the very first pages, Laura Nadine’s chronicle of her experiences growing up with Asperger’s is compellingly written. Laura’s insight — and her keen sense of humor — make this book as delightful as it is penetrating.” – Deborah French
When I redesigned the cover in 2013, Amazon wouldn’t allow the reviews from the first edition to carry over but I can assure you it is the same book with a spiffy new look and some added photos. Again, a self-published book, I was responsible for everything from design to promotion.
For fun I also published a book called Puzzles for Angie, featuring a strong woman with a disability as the lead character. A bit of a cheesy, Hallmark style holiday story, I wanted to create a character that could overcome her circumstances using her native talents. The book is only available digitally.
I continue to write on my blog, but I hope my next published book is by a formal publisher who can carry the burden of marketing, designing, and promoting it. I actually enjoy the books signings and the fans who approach me with their favourite bits of the story.
In the event I was approached by a publisher, my future titles would be:
Three Pairs of Shoes – The story of adulthood where I wear three pairs of shoes; the adult with Autism, the teacher of students with autism, and the parent of a kid with autism.
Neurocognitive Music – On teaching music to students with developmental delays and strategies for the classroom.
Until then, every copy you buy supports my family and I directly. For signed copies, try and catch me at public events announced on my Facebook page theLauraNadine.