Saturday, June 2, 2012

CELEBRATING BECKY LEVINE: IT'S A GIVEAWAY


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!

16 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of Becky's book! And now I'm going over to the other blog because I'm nosy and want to see how you connected!

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  2. I think this is a great book too and don't need to win another copy, but yes, Becky is a generous resource in the writing community. ANd congrats on being interviewed on Janelle's blog. Off to FB THis!

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  3. Wow. You are really good at the sneak attack thing! What a wonderful way to wake up this morning. Thank you so much, Joyce! Believe me, the feeling is mutual about having you in my life...someday we're going to meet in a non-virtual way!

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  4. Help! I need the Survival Guide!

    Please enter my name (10 or 12 times, please) to the drawing.

    Jean Hall

    p.s. I want her hair, too!

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  5. "HELP! I NEED THE SURVIVAL GUIDE!"
    I like simplicity.

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  6. Yes, Becky, I am looking forward to a non-virtual meeting! That goes for you, too, Shannon.

    Thanks to the 2 of you and to Carol, Jean, and Rosi for stopping by.

    I'm taking note of who has entered the contest!

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  7. "Help! I need the Survival Guide!" I am so glad there are writers who help other writers out there. Thanks Janelle, Joyce, and Becky.

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  8. Tara, your entry came into my inbox but isn't showing up here. At any rate, I entered you into the contest!

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  9. Becky Levine is great in so many ways! Yes, you, Becky! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, Joyce. Becky's book would be wonderful to recommend and use for workshops. From time to time I share "how to" with fledging writers groups.

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  10. Help! I need the Survival Guide!

    Oh so very much. For so many reasons. :-)

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  11. Help! I need the Survival Guide!
    I'm the coordinator for my SCBWI critique group, The Taleblazers. Sounds like this book would be a help for us all.

    Thanks for introducing me to Becky's blog, Joyce. You are always such an inspiration with your posts. Hope you hear soon from your editor!

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  12. Jeannette BorstadJune 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Help - I could sure use the Survival Guide too!
    Thanks to Karen B. for posting this. Thanks to all for your hard work in sharing good ideas. It is so appreciated.
    Jeannette

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  13. Help! I need the Survival Guide!
    (I need all the help I can get!) :)

    A great giveaway!

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  14. Um... let me try this again...

    Help! I need the Survival Guide!!

    I didn't mean to be anonymous the first time. WHOOPS!

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  15. Thanks for the ID, Donna! It's hard to give to anonymous! You've been entered!

    Joyce

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  16. Thanks to all of you for participating! And to Becky and Janelle for sure.

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