Critiques 4 U

Hi, everyone! I’m hip deep in preparations for the DARA workshop I’ll be speaking at in Dallas (if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!). And in the process, I’ve discovered that I can only cram so much stuff in my brain. I need some down time, which always includes good reading material, so it’s time for


Contest Closed!

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)

Also, please be sure your first page is ready to go so I can critique it before next month’s contest rolls around. If it needs some work and you won’t be able to get it to me right away, I’d like to ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of. 🙂


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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39 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. I gotta tell you all: I love doing this monthly contest! Winners for March are: Jacqueline Kimball
    Beth Wellington
    Ellen Mulholland

    Thanks everyone for entering, and for spreading the word. Get lots of writing done! I’ll see you next month :).

  2. Alice Murray says:

    Cinderella retelling – Chapter book

  3. Anne Casey says:

    The first page is vital – if it isn’t compelling, publishers and agents are unlikely to read further. My genre is literary fiction.

  4. Dylan says:

    jones dot dylan19 @ yahoo dot com

    YA Urban Fantasy.

  5. Would love help!

    Young Adult Contemporary

  6. Holly Davis says:

    Wow, this is great! Thanks!

    Genre is YA fantasy
    writeHollyDavis (at) gmail (dot) com


  7. Beverly says:


    I appreciate all you do for writers!

    My first page is a romance.

  8. Linda Thomas says:

    grandmaletters [at] aol [dot] com


  9. Love when you offer critiques! Thanks for all you do to help writers.

    giffmacshane (at)
    Genre: Historical Fiction

  10. Emily Cushing says:

    1. emcush (at) hotmail (dot) com
    2. middle grade mystery

  11. Karen McAtlin says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity.
    Genre: Historical romance.

  12. Brie Tart says:

    I always love these contests and columns. Thanks for providing opportunities and content to help us grow!

    Email: thebrietart (a) gmail (dot) com
    Genre: Fantasy

  13. Thanks for the opportunity!
    My email address is associated with the account.
    Genre: Adult Memoir

  14. Beth Wellington says:

    Thank you!

    chezwellington at me dot com
    Women’s fiction with romance, humour and insight!

  15. CR Carter says:
    Adult Fantasy

  16. Lynn Farnham says:

    Lynn Farnham

    Genre: Historical fiction


  17. Mary Nelligan says:

    Genre: Historical Fiction

    Thank you!

  18. Women’s Fiction, historical setting, identity conflict

  19. Rita Jordan says:

    So nice of you to do this!

    Genre: Adult paranormal romance

  20. Jeannie Hagy says:

    Children’s fiction–picture book

  21. Email: TToombs08 at
    Genre: Science Fiction

  22. Emily Martin says:


    Genre: YA, contemporary

  23. Marlene Bell says:

    Thanks so much!
    Marlene Bell
    Genre: Mystery

  24. Leta McCurry says:

    Women’s historical fiction
    leta at

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  25. Jacqueline Kimball says:

    Jacqueline Kimball
    Thanks! 🙂
    my email is
    Member of ACFW ,so I write Christian fiction,mostly historical.
    Genre I’d like critiqued is Historical fiction (1849)

  26. Sally Shupe says:

    Thank you so much for this! I would love an opportunity to have my first page critiqued by you.

    Email: sallyshupe1atgmaildotcom
    Genre: inspirational suspense

  27. Rick says:


    Rick Musick

    Inspirational fiction

  28. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Email: joyfuljelatgmaildotcom

    Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense

    Thanks again!

  29. Jean R. says:

    Email: included
    Genre: ya fantasy

  30. Email: sheridastewart at gmail dot com
    Genre: historical romance

    Thank you!

  31. Josee Telfer says:

    Josee Telfer
    Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
    joseetelfer at gmail dot com

  32. Tavisha says:

    Genre: fantasy

  33. Van Alyn Thaxton says:


    Genre: Contemporary fiction

  34. aiar shai says:

    1) aiar shai at gmail dot com
    2) SF/F

  35. E-mail:
    Genre: lnspirational Romance

  36. Marilyn Weimer
    Genera: woman’s contemporary

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