Day 28 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Becky Levine

by @thewritermama on May 28, 2011 · 32 comments

I first heard of Becky Levine’s book from Jane Friedman when she was working at Writer’s Digest. I used to regularly ask Jane what books were coming out that I should be getting excited about. Becky’s was one she highly recommended. I liked the idea of Becky’s book so much that I invited a writing group to the Northwest Author Series to share about their process and we gave away a copy of Becky’s book and it was great fun. Please help me welcome, Becky Levine!

Becky Levine is the author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide (Writer’s Digest, 2010), a freelance editor, and a speaker, living in California’s Santa Cruz mountains. She has almost 20 years of experience with critique groups and knows both the challenges and benefits of making the critique process work. Becky also writes fiction and nonfiction for children and teens. You can read more about Becky at her blog & website,

Have you hesitated to join a critique group? Are you unsure whether you want to share your work with other writers, or nervous about giving feedback on someone else’s manuscript? The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide gives you the encouragement you need to join a group and provides you with tools to run that group smoothly. The book teaches how to set up a group, develop constructive critiques, and revise from feedback. With The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide, you can get past your worries and reap the benefits of a strong, supportive group.

1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

This book has been huge for me. I’ve written for years and have a decent sense of my own abilities, but turning out The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide was an incredible bit of validation, especially having Writer’s Digest want it. Plus, I’ve been thinking and talking about critique groups for years, and getting to put all those ideas down on paper and watch the words flow, reminded me that writing is something I love and that I have to do.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

Structure, Write, Revise.

3. What good has your book created in the world?

I’ve had people come up to me and thank me for writing this book. I’ve had authors tell me that they revamped their existing critique groups, based on the suggestions in the book, and that everybody in the group ended up with something that worked better for them. I think that many writers want to be in a critique group, want to share their manuscripts and their ideas, but they’re worried about having a bad experience, afraid to take that first step. I think (hope!) my book is helping people get started.

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So much of writing success has to do with a willingness on each writer’s part to receive, sort, and process feedback and criticism.

Are you experienced at this? Can you separate yourself from each piece of writing and see each piece you write as a work-in-progress that stands on its own, even as you continue to work on it?

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

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