Critiques 4 U


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Happy first day of December, people! Are you getting into the Christmas spirit? Rumor has it Angela is almost done with her Christmas shopping. Let’s all pause to send dirty looks in her general direction…

Ahh. I feel better about not even starting my shopping yet. And in the efforts of  further procrastination:

It’s CRITIQUES 4 U time!


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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37 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. And the winners for this month are…

    Mona Alvarado Frazier
    Terri Benson

    Thanks so much for entering, everyone. Have a great holiday and I’ll see you next month!

  2. Denmark says:

    Genre: fantasy – MG

  3. Dylan says:

    jones .dylan19 @ yahoo .com

    Urban Fanatsy

  4. Nina says:

    Genre: fantasy for MG/YA

  5. Lynn Farnham says:

    Historical fiction — 19th century France

    I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  6. Lynn Farnham says:

    Historical fiction — 19th century France

  7. Judi Ring says:

    Not sure how to classify this story as to genre – older woman feels she’s wasted her life, never learned to be a person, and wishes for a chance to relive her life. Accidentally includes wish to go back in time to Victorian England. Finds herself aged 18 in 1879 American West. Has to learn to copy with not only the pros of that time but the cons and how to become a confident, capable woman.

    It has been suggested that the genre is: a) women’s fiction, b) new adult coming of age, c) paranormal (because of the time travel)

  8. Henry Gasko says:

    Science Fiction

  9. Sherryl says:

    Science fantasy

    sherryl [dot] ollamha [at] gmail [dot] com

  10. Jay Hicks says:

    jayjhicks60 at gmail dot com

    Thanks for this generous opportunity. I love this entire website and plan to become a member when I clear some pressing commitments.

    I write rural historic/cosy fiction

  11. Keli Worthy says:


    2. LGBT Paranormal


  12. Shah Wharton says:

    Oh, oh!

    shahwharton@gmail dot com
    Memoir (for my Masters degree)

    I’m probably too late 🙁

  13. Rick B. says:

    My fingers are crossed, so if I make tons of typos on this comment, you’ll know why! LOL

    My genre is mystery / suspense.

  14. Jacque Hamilton says:

    Hi, thanks for the opportunity!


  15. Terri Benson says:

    Hope to win! Love your blog.


  16. Laura Logan says:

    Contemporary Romance

    Thank you for the entry!

  17. Yay! 1. 2. New Adult magical realism
    and 3. Thank you!

  18. Brie Tart says:

    Let’s give this a shot, shall we? (and thanks for the regular posts with all the great advice, btw. I loved the interview with Mark Gottlieb recently)

    1. thebrietart (at) gmail (dot) com

    2. YA Contemporary Fantasy

  19. barbara says:

    World War 2 romance

  20. Donna says:


    Middle Grade Contemporary Magical Realism (now that’s a mothful)

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Naomi says:

    Apocalyptic fantasy

  22. Rita Jordan says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    1) included

    2) Paranormal Romance

  23. What a great service! Thank Ewe!
    2. Romantic Suspense

  24. Beverly King says:

    Can’t wait! I look forward to winning!


  25. hullo Becky!! thanks so much for doing this!

    my email is
    and my genre is women’s fiction / historical

  26. Sherry says:

    This is perfect timing – NaNo just ended yesterday! Maybe I’ll be able to get a critique on the first page of my novel.

    Email: Included

    Genre: Fantasy

  27. Thanks for the offer. I’m writing romantic suspense. joyfuljel(at)gmail(dot com)

  28. JC Martell says:

    GENRE: Romance

    Thanks for this opportunity – again!

  29. Doree Anderson says:

    Hi! Young Adult

  30. Isabelle Crusoe says:

    Yay!!! So happy for this. Thank you.


    2. Paranormal

  31. Shirley says:


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