Critiques 4 U

Hi, everyone! I’m hip deep in preparations for the DARA workshop I’ll be speaking at in Dallas (if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!). And in the process, I’ve discovered that I can only cram so much stuff in my brain. I need some down time, which always includes good reading material, so it’s time for


Contest Closed!

If you’re working on a first page and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment that includes: 

1) your email address. Some of you have expressed concern about making your email address public; if you’re sure that the email address associated with your WordPress account is correct, you don’t have to include it here. But if you do win and I’m unable to contact you through that email address, I’ll have to choose an alternate winner.

2) your story’s genre (no erotica, please)

Also, please be sure your first page is ready to go so I can critique it before next month’s contest rolls around. If it needs some work and you won’t be able to get it to me right away, I’d like to ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of. 🙂


Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. Best of luck!


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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39 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. I gotta tell you all: I love doing this monthly contest! Winners for March are: Jacqueline Kimball
    Beth Wellington
    Ellen Mulholland

    Thanks everyone for entering, and for spreading the word. Get lots of writing done! I’ll see you next month :).

  2. Alice Murray says:

    Cinderella retelling – Chapter book

  3. Anne Casey says:

    The first page is vital – if it isn’t compelling, publishers and agents are unlikely to read further. My genre is literary fiction.

  4. Dylan says:

    jones dot dylan19 @ yahoo dot com

    YA Urban Fantasy.

  5. Would love help!

    Young Adult Contemporary

  6. Holly Davis says:

    Wow, this is great! Thanks!

    Genre is YA fantasy
    writeHollyDavis (at) gmail (dot) com


  7. Beverly says:


    I appreciate all you do for writers!

    My first page is a romance.

  8. Linda Thomas says:

    grandmaletters [at] aol [dot] com


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