Shhhhhh! - this is a sneak attack. The victim is Becky Levine.
|I stole this image from Becky's FB page. I did not ask permission to post it here so I hope she loves this pic as much as I do. I want her hair!|
Becky knows I have a copy of her fabulous writing manual to give away. After all, I won it at her blog. I won two in a fact. But I'm keeping one.
The other is for giveaway. She knows that too. But she doesn't know (yet) that I'm giving it via this post AND at Writermorphosis. That's Janelle Bitikofer's blog and over there I'm celebrating the gift that Becky has been to me.
You see, Janelle has this "Each One, Teach One" series in which she focuses on writers reaching out to other writers. (Terrific idea, Janelle!)
This week, Janelle interviewed me. So when asked to reflect on a writer who reached out to me - well, I knew it had to be Becky Levine. Becky came into my world quite awhile after I began writing. Click over to Janelle's blog to find out how we connected.
As a result of that connection I've gotten some truly helpful insights that have shaped and reshaped my novel. I was a little gob-smacked this week when I read back over my email correspondence with Becky - astonished to see how much time and energy she gave me and how utterly smart she is. Subscribe to her blog for awhile and you'll get what I mean.
But now, back to Becky's book. The title is quite auspicious don't you think?
|THE WRITING AND CRITIQUE GROUP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO GIVE AND RECEIVE FEEDBACK, SELF-EDIT, AND MAKE REVISIONS|
I kind of hate typing it because it's sooooooo long and yet it all deserves to be there. I LOVE this book because it covers so much territory that is pertinent to writing. Becky opens with the logistics of participating in a critique group and moves from there into the particulars of critiquing. And does she ever get into it! This book covers critiquing for various genres and for the various elements of story - plot, character, point-of-view, dialogue and more. Not to mention critiquing for submission and sharing info about marketing.
So, see - this really is a SURVIVAL GUIDE! And whether you're floundering or whether you're not (and who isn't at some point or the other?) you might want to holler
"HELP! I NEED THE SURVIVAL GUIDE!"
Do that now. Write "Help! I need the Survival Guide" in the comments for a chance to win a signed copy of Becky's book. Do it again over at Janelle Bitikofer's blog and you'll have double the chances of winning. Not to mention, you'll get to meet the lovely Janelle (I want her hair too!) and all the tremendous authors she's interviewed over there.
Contest ends next Wednesday night, June 6th. Janelle and I will both announce the winner at our blogs on Thursday, the 7th!
Thank you Becky Levine AND Janelle Bitikofer for reaching out to me!