Critiques 4 U

halloween-1743227_1920Well, folks, in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s October. For me, that means ordering Halloween costumes, enjoying the leaves changing color, and baking all the pumpkin stuff.  On the blogging front, Ange and I kicked off our Resident Writing Coach program last week with our first post, which was a humdinger from April Bradley, and the next one will be out next week. Since there was a gap in our calendar, I figured it was a good time for…



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)


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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48 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Ok, everyone. The winners for this month are…

    Jean Bay Wiley
    Sandy Green
    Elli Comeau

    Thanks so much for entering! See you next month :).

  2. Thanks for entering, everyone! I’ll be back this afternoon to announce the winners :).

  3. David Pelletier says:

    Genre: Murder mystery

  4. Jenni Enzor says:

    The Emotion Thesaurus is my go-to whenever I’m stuck with emotions–and for whatever reason, emotions are one of the hardest things for me to write. The Motivation Thesaurus sounds like something else I need.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    genre: MG mystery

  5. Marie says:

    Thanks for this opportunity!
    Genre: contemporary romance
    Email: heathmocha at gmail dot com

  6. Dylan says:

    jones . Dylan 19 @ yahoo . com

    YA Urban Fantasy

  7. Dawn says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! What a treat ?☺️

    Dawnhusted (@) gmail
    Genre: YA scifi

  8. Elli Comeau says:

    Email below the comment box 🙂

    Genre: contemporary fantasy

    Thank you for the opportunity and your time!

  9. R. C. Jordan says:

    Sorry – was so excited to enter this, I forgot to post genre. 🙂
    Paranormal Romance

  10. Robert Jordan says:

    Sorry! Forgot to add genre: Suspense thriller

  11. Robert Jordan says:

    Excellent opportunity!

  12. R.C. Jordan says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  13. Jay Hicks says:

    Hi there. I’m so impressed by all that you offer. Thank you!
    I’m writing rural historical fiction featuring strong women.

  14. Rick Barnes says:

    My earlier comment doesn’t seem to have gone through, so I’m posting it again … my apologies if it then shows up twice.

    I’m writing a mystery / suspense short story. Thanks Becca for doing this.

    My email is in rbarnes7557 at gmail.

  15. Lori Brody says:

    So nice that you are doing this.

    literary/short story.

  16. Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Thanks for generousity.

  17. Sandy Green says:

    YA Contemporary/Historical

    Thanks for offering this! I have several of your very informative blog posts tagged and open on my computer.

  18. What a generous offer. How do you find the time with everything else you do? I’m impressed. I love what one of the commenters called her novel or her manuscript: she referred to her WIP as her story-embryo. Perfect word choice, very vivid. I bet she’a a fantastic author. So, yes, please put my name in the hat. I would be honored to receive a critique from you.

    Psychological Thriller/Domestic Noir

  19. I always appreciate more critiques, so this is a nice opportunity. First pages, so critical. I have a WordPress account and I blog at writenowjbw, so I’m sure you can contact me there. I even have a contact page set up. Thanks!

  20. Rick Barnes says:

    What a terrific, first-class opportunity!! The two of you really “pay it forward!”

    Mine is a short story, in the mystery / suspense genre. I can be found at rbarnes7557 waaay over there at gmail. (or was that too subtle? LOL)

  21. Thank you for the opportunity. This is very generous of you. I can’t wait for your motivation thesaurus. It’s hard for me to write my characters’ motivation when I suffer from my own lack. You have given me a treasure trove from which to dig. Thank you.

    Carol Malone

  22. Nature in autumn fills the soul! Genre: memoir

  23. Historical Romance

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  24. Alicia Dugas says:

    GENRE: Romance
    adugas65 at gmail dot com

  25. Mary Kate says:

    Yes please! I have a YA contemporary I’d love critiqued, and you can contact me via WordPress 🙂 Thanks!

  26. Lynn Farnham says:

    Genre: Historical fiction/romance

    Happy Fall!

  27. of course I’d love your eyes on my story-embryo!!

    I write women’s fiction, and have now turned historical

  28. Missy De Graff says:

    Genre: Paranormal

    You are super awesomesauce for doing this!

  29. Love your blogs. They are totally inspiring.

    Genre: women’s fiction

  30. Donna Maloy says:

    donna @ donnamaloy dot com
    Young Adult
    What a wonderful opportunity!

  31. Linda Thomas says:

    See email address in the box below.


  32. Naomi Kennedy says:

    2. apocalyptic fantasy

    very cool thing to do for all of us 🙂

  33. Sherika Arnold says:

    Genre: Inspirational

  34. Beverly King says:

    You two are the greatest!

    Genre: romance

  35. Isabelle says:

    Have no idea what genre it falls under. It’s historical action romance, but not exactly. ?

    Happy Halloween, and thank you. ?

  36. Shanna Rogers says:

    MG Contemporary


  37. Sherry says:

    1) Email – included

    2) Genre – sci-fi/fantasy

  38. Genre: contemporary YA

    What a generous offer. Thank you!

  39. Genre: YA

    What a generous offer!

  40. Brenda says:

    Halloween and fall… the best.

    brenda dot

  41. Aiar says:

    Aiarshai at gmail dot com


  42. JC Martell says:

    GENRE: Romance

    Fingers crossed, toes crossed.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    (I don’t think I have a “WordPress Account”. Is the email entered in the box below the reply sufficient for contact?)

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