Critiques 4 U, February Edition


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Well, it’s time for another round of critiques, but I’ve decided to do things a little differently this month. I know that the writing journey is hard and long. We’ve all heard the stories about writers who submitted their stories over and over again, piling up insane rejection amounts before hitting the big time. Authors like…

  • Kathryn Stockett, whose book “The Help” was rejected 60 times.
  • Louie L’Amour, rejected 200 times before he hit the jackpot.
  • Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, who racked up 134 rejections for “Chicken Soup for the Soul”.
  • Beatrix Potter, whose “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” was rejected so many times that she eventually just published it herself. 45 million copies later…

The list honestly could go on and on. Success as a writer depends on persistence as much as it does natural ability and luck. So to honor this important trait, I went back and found our most dedicated Critique 4 U junkies, and I’ll be offering them the first page critique prizes for this month. Nicole Zoltack and Linda Andersen have entered 4 of the 5 contests, so they deserve a shot in the arm. The remaining winner was randomly chosen from those of you who have entered to win 3 times, and that lucky girl is Aften Brook Szymanski.

I hope by this post, you’re encouraged to keep trying. Hard work and persistence really do pay off. Keep at it, and I’ll see you next month! Winners, I’ll be in touch :).


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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10 Responses to Critiques 4 U, February Edition

  1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. You do so much for authors, Becca, you’re amazing!

  2. Congrats to the winners!!

  3. Yeah for Linda!! She’s all about improving her skills–glad to see her persistence paid off.

  4. What a sweet and thoughtful way to go about it this month! Congratulations to the winners. 🙂

  5. Dear Becca,
    That was so sweet of you to give special attention and a critique to people who keep on trying, who persist with action to reach their goals.

    I’m especially glad that Linda Andersen won. She is very persistent and she walso encourages others along the way.

    Congratulations, Linda. Thanks Becca.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I believe in persistence! I’m excited. Can you tell?

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