BLURB:Girls, if you had the perfect boyfriend who suddenly reveals he’s a vampire, and also wants to make you one or else…what would you do?
That is the dilemma college graduate Claire McCormick faces. Her life is brightened up by Daniel Bertrand in a whirlwind romance, who only to turns out to be a bloodthirsty vampire. He also won’t take no for an answer when he proposes for Claire to join him for eternity. She faces becoming evil herself or have evil done to her and her loved ones. The Dark Proposal explores Claire’s nightmare and fears while she makes her decision. Along the way, she learns why exactly Daniel wants her to be vampire.
The Dark Proposal will be the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires. It will be released on Kindle this September.
A Must for All Aspiring Writers
If I could give one piece of advice to anyone who is serious about writing and wants to show their work to anyone outside of their friends and family, I would say only four words: Get some thick skin.
During the time leading up to the completion of my first book, “The Dark Proposal”, I learned the importance of not taking constructive criticism to heart. Not only does it help you save face, but you really do learn how to make your story better. Yes, it can be hard to learn that your great plot idea does not work or your grammar is way off. But hey, no one becomes a solid writer overnight
I wish some people would realize this. I run a small writer’s group, and I’ve had a few members be not very open to critiques. They came to the meetings with the expectation that everyone would understand and love their story. But when anyone of us pointed out a simple flaw or made a minor suggestion, they were personally offended, and boy did they strike back. I had one elderly man lash out at me because, unlike his friends, I was confused by his short-story.
“It wasn’t written for people like you!” He said. “If you don’t get it, that’s your problem and I don’t care!”
Another member did not appreciate it when I said some of his descriptions were vague. The way his face darkened when I said that is still fresh in my mind, as well as his curt comment when I later said I never read any of Edgar Allen Poe’s work: “No surprise there,” he said.
I can go on forever about the people who’ve reacted poorly to constructive criticism in my writer’s group or any workshop I took part in. To me, it really is disgusting to see some people be so rude over a comment that would help make their work better. Oh, by the way, those arrogant people who came to my meetings I either removed from my group because of their poor attitudes or never came back for another meeting – which was fine with me!
See, anyone who is looking to improve in whatever they do, be it writing, painting, singing, etc., is going to be ripped apart by someone. It’s a fact of life, and there’s no escaping it. Not everyone is going to be amazed by your work, and you are bound to make mistakes with your WIP. Everyone has been in those situations, even James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Stephen King and all the other successful authors.
And besides, if you can’t handle criticism from a beta reader or an editor, what will happen if you publish your book and get 1-star reviews across the board?
Of course, no one should ever tell another person they have no writing ability and should stop dreaming of ever being a writer (unless that person continuously fails to produce something decent and just doesn’t learn the craft). But a good reviewer will point out the good, the bad, and even the ugly if it exists. A writer is constantly developing his or her craft, and you need brutal honesty to know that you’re developing in the right direction. You may have some flaws that you’re unaware of or a plot idea may make sense to you, but not a lot of other people. So, you really do need an extra set of eyes on your WIP. When you do, get ready for the onslaught. It’s going to sting at first when your work is critique, but if you’re smart and humble enough, you will develop the thick skin you’ll need for this field. After that, you’ll be on your way!
Thanks so much for stopping by with this guest post Megan!
For a sneak at the first chapter:
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Former freelance journalist Megan Cashman is getting ready to publish her first book in September 2012. The Dark Proposal will be released as an E-book on Kindle.
Megan has worked for cable news stations, both local and national, and has a master’s degree in journalism under her belt.
Born and raised on Staten Island, New York’s forgotten borough, Megan always had a love of reading and writing. Her favorite authors are Paulo Coelho, Anne Rice, Khaled Hosseini, and Sarah Dunant. She enjoys books that take her to a different world and/or see her world differently. She hopes to do the same for her future readers.
As for other things, Megan likes to hit the beach in the summer, rollerblade, do yoga and cook. She loves to blast her iTunes with all her songs. Her favorite acts are U2, Enigma, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Sarah McLachlan and many more – she even likes Celtic and New Age music!
Her favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She tunes in to watch Once Upon A Time, Girls, Game of Thrones and True Blood.