Asking For Beta Readers with Autism
ETA: Wow, and thank you. I’ve got several emails I still need to reply to, but I think at this point I have enough beta readers to help me with the story. I very much appreciate all of your responses.
Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, and for sharing various positive and awesome things. I don’t know about you, but for me, reading your comments and hearing about the good things in your lives brought some much-needed hope and happiness yesterday.
I’ve just finished writing a story about Nicola Pallas, an autistic bard from the Libriomancer books. This one is set many years earlier, when Nicola is unaware of the larger world of magic.
I’ve talked before about my son being autistic. To be blunt, this story is important to me, and I want to get it right. I want Nicola to be an individual, not the One True Representative of Autism. I want to avoid the various cliches and problematic storylines (there is no “cure” narrative in this one). And I want her experiences and perceptions to ring true.
So I’m asking for a few beta readers with autism, to take a look at this story and help me make it stronger. If you’re interested and willing to help me on this, please email me at jchines -at- sff.net.
April 16, 2013 @ 11:00 am
I dont know if aspergers qualifies, but I’m mom to an 18yr old with aspergers syndrome, which I’m sure you know falls under the autism umbrella. He’s high functioning & is a budding writer himself. I have a BS in journalism, tho my life is devoted to him. We’d be happy to beta if you’d like.
April 16, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
I can’t email you from here, but I have a 20 year old son with Autism that would be happy to beta read for you.
Jim C. Hines
April 16, 2013 @ 3:34 pm
Thank you both, but I think I’m all set now. I was a little overwhelmed by the number of people who offered to read, and at this point, if I get any more, I suspect it will be more feedback than I can process 🙂
April 16, 2013 @ 7:39 pm
Get a hold of Jessica & Cam Banks. They’ve got at least one kid who’s on the spectrum (don’t remember with what or how high/low functioning.)
April 16, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
Thank you for doing this – you rock!