A lot has happened since my last update in May and much of it has pointed me down new roads — some I anticipated and was ready to travel and others I wasn’t sure I’d find myself arriving at.
I took my son in for his final round of evaluation in June and the appointment concluded with him receiving his autism diagnosis. He aligns with what most of us know as Asperger syndrome and is considered as higher functioning, but since they did away with Aspergers as a separate diagnosis back in 2013, they now just consider it under the umbrella of the autism spectrum. It can be confusing to try and explain him to people because he seems so “typical” and much of my efforts in explaining tend to fall short, but then I remember I don’t really have to explain him to anyone anyway. He’s an amazing, intelligent, quirky little guy and the only thing that truly changed is an entry on his medical chart. He is who he has always been, and he’s always been perfect to us. Still, this marked a significant milestone in our journey with him, one that we had been waiting to find out about definitively for almost three years.
Having a background in autism and special education, I am fortunate to have the skills, tools, and knowledge of available resources to help our family move forward confidently. My prior experience is actually where my suspicions stemmed from — I saw certain behaviors and was able to follow the breadcrumbs they left behind. Now that we have this confirmation, we’ll be able to coordinate with necessary doctors, enroll him in specialized therapies, and make sure his educational needs are met accordingly and appropriately. In the midst of the chaos, I have found peace in knowing what to do and what to expect. For the most part, at least.
With that peace, I have been able to put more focus on my business launch and though I will be rolling the full extent of it out slowly, I am pleased to announce that as of today, I am officially accepting proofreading clients.
I will still be working to accommodate the new additions to my family’s schedule and want to ensure each piece of this venture is presented authentically, and successfully at that, so I will be starting small with the launch of my proofreading services initially. My goal with this is to provide indie authors with affordable, quality proofing so that their final manuscript is polished prior to publishing. Please note, however, that I am open to providing services to all authors regardless of how they plan to publish.
As of right now, I will be taking email proposals for projects and will be pricing based on pages instead of by the hour. If you wish to email a proposal, please do so at email@example.com with the following information:
- manuscript length (in formatted pages)
- timeframe for completion
- pricing proposal
- a little about yourself, if you don’t mind sharing
If you are an indie author with pricing/financial concerns, please know that I am open to discussing options in order to get your piece ready for the public and that anything we discuss is confidential. I am passionate about not only the publication of quality content but also making sure that those who create it are able to afford quality services. Publishing is an expensive undertaking as an independent author, and I wish to lighten that burden to ensure you put your best work forward.
Though my system is considerably bare bones yet and still in development, I wanted to get going on this now instead of waiting for things to be “just right” because I’d be waiting forever in that case. I’m working on getting reduced-pricing application forms up and available for my indie authors and will have a more formal client agreement ready soon as well. Everything is still under construction really, but that’s okay! We’ll just consider it a head start. 😉
I am still planning to launch consulting and coaching services in the near future as well but wanted to take some time to settle into our new normal before adding too much more to my family’s plate. With my husband working full-time outside of the home, one kiddo heading into middle school, and one who needs a bit more of me than anyone else, I don’t want to overwhelm them with too much change, too fast. It’ll get there, though, and it will be exciting when the time comes!
If you’ve read this far, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me through all of my ups and downs as I’ve tried to figure out which roads I’m destined to travel in this crazy, beautiful life. It has been an honor to have so many of you with me along the way and I am excited to finally see where some of these roads are going.
Finally, I want to add that this will probably be one of the only times I’ll publicly discuss my son’s diagnosis as I want to respect his privacy as much as possible. You will still see me championing certain causes and voicing support for the autism community as a whole, but I don’t want to share anything too personal. That will be for him to decide as he gets older and it would be wrong of me to choose that for him.
Thank you again, and I hope to hear from some of you soon!