Critiques 4 U!

This weekend was an absolute blast as I shared some character building tips with a fine bunch of romance writers in Dallas. I’ve been working on this presentation for a while, and now that it’s done, I’m looking forward to getting back to work on the front matter for our next thesaurus book on Emotional Wounds. (Angela’s already done with her half, the overachiever.) People have been asking when this book, which will feature over 100 traumatic events that can impact who your character is in your current story, will be available, and the answer is that we’re hoping to publish it sometime this fall.

If you’re curious about this next book of ours and would like to know when it becomes available, consider signing up for our New Publications newsletter, which we only activate in the months leading up to a new release. By signing up, you’ll receive just a few emails to keep you informed of when the next book will be published so you won’t miss out.

A sampling of the Emotional Wound entries available at One Stop For Writers

In addition, you can get a sneak peak by checking out our partial list of wound entries via the Emotional Wound Thesaurus at One Stop For Writers. (And snag a discount for 25% off your first invoice here.) Registered users can also access a handy tutorial on emotional wounds that explains these traumatic events, resulting flaws, false beliefs that may develop, and more.

I know, I know. Fall seems like too long to wait when you’re looking forward to something. But it’s ok, because you can enter TODAY to win another nifty prize—a critique of one of your first pages. That’s right! It’s 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)

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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36 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Ok. The winners for this round are:

    Beverly (,
    Cheryl Carter, and

    Winners, I’ll be in touch. Thanks for entering everyone. I’ll see you next month :).


    Thanks for the opportunity!
    My email is krisann(at)
    My story is a mystery.

  3. Brie Tart says:

    These drawing are always appreciated!

    the brie tart (a) gmail (dot) com
    Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

    Thanks so much!

  4. Thank you! Super grateful!

    my novel is a thriller
    email included

  5. David Pelletier says:

    genre: murder mystery

  6. sharon mayhew says:

    You guys are the best! I’d love to win a critique.

    Sharonkmayhew at

  7. I could use some 1st page feedback for my current WIP.
    My email is harryw51(at)
    My story is a thriller with romance (CBA-compliant)
    Thanks, H L (Harry) Wegley

  8. Dylan says:

    jones .dylan19 @

    YA Urban Fantasy

  9. Mary Nelligan says:

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    My email:
    Genre: Historical Fiction

  10. H. Felicia says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! Always exciting!

    Email: hfgs37120 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I write romance!

  11. Fingers crossed ?
    Genre: Inspirational Romance

  12. Cheryl Carter says:

    Thanks for the opportunity., genre adult dark fantasy.

  13. tracy lucas says:

    Genre: Young Adult Fiction

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Jay Hicks says:

    Hi there and thanks for the opportunity for a critique.
    Genre is Womens Contemporary Fiction and my email is included. My email is jayjhicks60(at)

  15. Sarah Floyd says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! I’m a huge fan. : )
    My email is SARAH8778 (at) aol (dot) com
    My novel is a contemporary Upper MG.

  16. Christine says:

    Excited! I love your work!
    Genre: Urban Fantasy

  17. Alicia says:


    Genre: New Adult Romance

  18. P.D Pabst says:

    Thank for all the work y’all do to help writer’s!

    Genre: Fantasy

  19. Beverly Turner says:

    Would certainly appreciate a critique of my first page.
    My email is
    I write women’s fiction.

  20. FC says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! Email is: eisen5585(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Genre: YA fantasy. Thanks again!

  21. JSTynes says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! My WIP is YA mythic fiction.

    public [at] jstynes [dot] com

  22. This is very kind of you, Becca. My email is my wordpress address. So, hopefully it works!

  23. tia says:

    genre: women’s fiction

  24. Roxanne Lambie says:
    YA Spec

    Thanks for all you do.

  25. Kimberly Bea says:

    I would love some first page feedback.
    My email is beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu
    My novel is YA Fantasy.

  26. Donna Maloy says:

    I love OneStop! I’ve already started using the Emotional Wounds that are up on the site and am really looking forward to the book. Oh, and I’d love a first page critique!
    Donna Maloy
    Historical romance

  27. Talia says:

    1) Email–included

    2) Genre–YA Fantasy

  28. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kristengjohnson [at] gmail [dot] com

    I write humorous middle grade superhero squirrel stories.

  29. Frances Rove says:

    I, too, would love to win a critique. My email is
    The book I am working on is a mysterious memoir about family secrets.
    Thank you, Frances

  30. Beverly says:

    I love this opportunity to win a critique.

    My email is:

    My novel is a sweet romance.

    Thank you,


  31. Thank you for the opportunity to try once again.
    Genera: Woman’s contemporary fiction

  32. Gargi Mehra says:

    Hi Becca,
    Thanks for this opportunity.
    My email is mehra.gargi(at)
    My novel is YA commercial fiction.


  33. Janet Smart says:

    Would love to win a critique.
    My email is wvsmarties(at)
    My story is a middle grade novel

    Thanks, Janet

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