Free Critiques for WORLD KINDNESS DAY!

Hi guys! Today on Facebook, the talented and awesome author Donna Gephart posted a link to a story about World Kindness Day, and I got all excited that there actually was such a thing. World Kindness. That’s just spectacular. I love it!

It got me to thinking of all the kindness I’ve received in my own life, like Stina Lindenblatt offering to do all my author photos for me. Like all the folks who have offered to read my work, unasked, in an effort to help me grow as a writer. It made me think of the career advice author Janet Gurtler has given me, the encouragement from friends like Angela Townsend, and phone conversations with people like Martina Boone, helping me work through plot snarls. I am blessed to have the support of hundreds of writers online, and here in my home city. Your thoughtfulness gives me strength when times are tough!

Between Becca and I, we could fill an ocean with the kindness given to us–friendship, exposure, support and words of encouragement and expertise. Thank you!

We wanted to give a little back today, so we are offering a small giveaway: 6 critiques of your manuscript’s first 250 words.

Oh, but there’s a catch! We want you to spread some kindness as well, so we’re asking you to enter someone else’s name for the 250 word critique, along with your own. THREE of you will earn a 250 word critique for yourself and your friend!

This is a one-day only giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment with some contact information so we can get hold of you, and the name of the person you’d like to win a critique with. Easy-peasy! 🙂 

Ready? Set? GO! 

**Contest is now closed! Winners will be announced this weekend! Thanks for entering, and good 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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24 Responses to Free Critiques for WORLD KINDNESS DAY!

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  2. Dara Young says:

    I would love to win a critique for myself and my crit partner Kristen Koster! darayoungwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. How cool, World Kindness Day! Aw, if only that could be every day. I once heard someone say a little bit of kindness goes a long way, and it’s sooooooo true, isn’t it?

  4. Angela and Becca, you are both sooo kind to have done this. Good luck to all who entered!!
    : )

  5. You two are just awesome!!! And good luck to all who entered. 😀

  6. Thanks guys for entering! I’ll notify winners this weekend. And thank you all for the nice words. Thanks for all you do–we’re happy to be able to pay things forward, critique-style 🙂

  7. Yay! So glad to see everyone jumping on the bandwagon. Good luck everyone 🙂

  8. What a fabulous idea! I’d love to win a mother and daughter critique. My daughter and favourite writing critique partner is Anne MacLachlan. You can reach me at merlinwrites(at)msn(dot)com if we’re the lucky winners. Thanks for yet another cool writing gift from another wonderful writing team.

  9. Ralene says:

    What a fun way to celebrate! I would like to throw my name in the hat along with my good friend Wendy Delfosse. 🙂

  10. This is a wonderful idea. I’d like to enter my friend, Jessi Webb and myself for a critique! Thanks for the opportunity!

    My email is I can send you Jessi’s email if you need it as well. I just don’t want to post it here without her permission.

  11. What a super idea Angela and Becca.

    I would like to win a critique for myself and my friend Mark Noce.

    You can contact me at

  12. Very kind indeed! I would love to win a first-pages critique for the manuscript I’m querying now, along with one of my 2 favorite writing partners (either Julie or Ames, depending on how busy their lives are!). Thanks so much for offering such a great opportunity to everyone!

  13. Misha says:

    What an amazingly generous giveaway! I would love to win a critique for my friend Sandy and myself. 🙂 Thank you for the chance!

  14. Jessica S. says:

    This is so awesome! Thank you for this chance to win. 🙂 I would love to enter myself and my friend Marie Landry in this. You can contact me at impulsivities[at]gmail[dot]com

  15. Just popping in to say you two are THE BEST!

  16. Angela Brown says:

    How kind of you to share the kindness and encourage the spread of it as well 🙂

  17. JeffO says:

    Well, that is awfully nice of you! I’m always up for critique, and I’ll add Aspiring Writer Bonnee. I believe you have my contact info, should we be so fortunate as to win. Thanks for doing this!

  18. Andrea Mack says:

    You two are so amazing! I’d like to enter two of my friends (instead of me and a friend): Christina Farley and Carmella Van Vleet, who I know are working hard on their latest novels.

  19. World Kindness Day? How fantastic!

    I’d nominate my friend Alison Stevens for the free critique. If I win, I’ll probably nominate another of my friends for the other critique since I write picture books.

    What a great way to celebrate. You guys are perennially awesome!

  20. Deb says:

    This is a wonderful idea. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to receive your critique. My writing buddy is my sister, Kim Townsend. If I’m the lucky winner, contact me at

    Thank you!

    Deb B.

  21. You guys rock! 🙂 I would like to throw my name in the hat along with my friend, Belle Wong. You can contact me at:

  22. Hey girls! I’d actually like to win it for two of my friends (not myself). Kelley Harvey on and Lizzy Frohele on

    They are both wonderful new writers and I’d like to help them out in any way that I can (I would also like this to be a nice surprise for them!).

    Fingers crossed, huh?


  23. Sandy Fry says:

    What a great opportunity (and thanks Alison for the notification) — I’d like to win a critique, with my friend Hillary Bergeron. Contact info:

  24. I would love to win a free critique for myself and for my friend, Debbie D’Aurelios. You can contact me at Alison (at) AlisonHertz (dot) com.

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