This is an excellent book for beginners as well as intermediate writers. This is one of the few books if not only one which has the best introduction on Point of View and Story Time (present and past tense options in narrations).
The book is also organized with built-in "Rewriting sections" for each chapter. The character section explores the typical standard in character building, but the plot section has a useful introductory on premise and subplots.
The book loses a star for not including a bibliography, no in depth discussion on dialogue, and because although this book is one of the "finer" ones on learning the basics of fiction writing, the subtitle of the book was a little misleading.
When I read "from Initial Idea To Final Edit" in the title, I was lead to believe that she would show in her book either some kind of outline or mapping system or process of some sort for brainstorming ideas into story form. Levin probably considers some of the end of chapter exercises as enough to stimulate "Idea generating" creativity, but I found it somewhat lacking.
For that reason, I purchased her other book "Get That Novel Started" based on the few mentionings within this book and found that book disappointing as its only a book on cheerleading you to write. I'm so glad that I returned it. That whole book could have probably been condensed into this slim volume for added value.
To make this book more complete, I recommend Jack Bickham's book "Writing and Selling Your Novel". There is very little overlap between the two and both would thus make an almost complete course in writing fiction for beginners and intermediate writers.
On a side note, Levin mentions a novel in progess she has titled "Goodnight Light and the Red Balloon" (hmmm...haven't I heard this title before in a children's book??) but after doing an Amazon search nothing comes up?????? What happened to the book? Perhaps we will find out in her next book "Get that Novel Finished". LOL.
All in all, this is a great book to have. One of the best.