Happy December, everyone! November is such a crazy month for me, and this one was no different: my son’s 6th birthday (and party), my father-in-law’s birthday, Thanksgiving celebrations both at home and at school, decorating the house for Christmas. So many happy and exciting things, but I always breathe a sign of relief when November winds down and I can relax for a bit. And then December starts…
So before things get crazy again, I’m giving myself an early Christmas present and firing up our monthly critique contest. 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)
ONLY ENTRIES THAT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED
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.
BECCA PUGLISI says
Thanks for entering, everyone! This month’s winners are:
Merry Christmas to all! See you in the new year :).
Alicia Dugas says
Genre: New Adult Romance
Charles Elkins says
Genre: Science Fiction/ Short Story
Thanks for the invite.
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk short story
Genre: YA Fantasy
Helen Shorrocks says
Genre: YA Gothic
Thanks for offering this!
Email: amanda _ k _ email@example.com
melanie redler says
Becca–when I have months like that, I always feel that sigh of relief but now couple it with gratitude that they are all alive, able to celebrate, and include me in their lives! Makes it a bit easier…Happy December!
Young Adult (Contemporary)
JANET KERR says
Thank you for holding this contest. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Genre: Historical Romance
Brandi Payne says
Genre: picture book
Thank you so much!
Arabella Wraye says
Jeannie Hagy says
Genre: Contemporary YA
Dark Fantasy Romance
Kimberley Bailey says
Genre- Paranormal Romance
I do not have a Word Press account.
Sheila Good says
Genre: Upmarket Women’s fiction
Joe Peck says
Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy Literature
Tracy Lucas says
Genre: Dystopian thriller
Both nervous and excited to be a part of this…
Genre: Young adult (historical).
I have a question. My email is included in the required field, and it is correct, but I do not have Word Press account. Does this matter?
Email: Hopefully included
BECCA PUGLISI says
It shouldn’t matter. I can see your email address and I should be able to send it there just fine :).
Anne Marie says
Genre: Commercial Fiction
Would love the critique! 🙂
Anne Marie Phantym007@aol.com
Lori Widdison says
Yay! Thank you for the chance!
Halli Gomez says
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Thank you! Happy Holidays!
Diana McDowell says
Genre: SF Young Adult
Dee Kincade says
Christian YA fantasy
Thank you for doing this!
Genre: Young Adult SF
Thanks to you both Becca and Angela, for offering critiques to your readers!
Sara L. says
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Current Title: The Keeper’s Curse
Thank you ladies for doing this. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Bruce Kubec says
Title: The Other Side Of The Coin
Thanks for doing this. Could be an early Christmas present.
Merry Christmas! I hope your new year is full of good health, prosperity, and fun family times.
Carol Baldwin says
I’ve re-written my first page so would love to hear what you say about this version. firstname.lastname@example.org. Young adult. Thanks!
Morag Hastie says
Email: morag . hastie @ gmail.com
Genre: Literary Fiction
Linda Andersen says
A free critique would be great! I know because I’ve won one once before.
I have a picture book manuscript that needs a critique. Thanks for working in critiques in an extra busy month! email@example.com
Merry Christmas, Becca!
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Keeping my fingers crossed, and send a huge thank you hug to you, for doing this. ❤️