Critiques 4 U!

Oh my gosh, people! What a roller coaster the last two weeks (months??) have been. But The Emotional Wound Thesaurus has officially been released into the wild, launch week is done, and now Angela and I can safely collapse :). Let me just take one more opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our celebration, those of you who bought a copy of the book, and anyone who has sent us a kind word of encouragement about our work. It’s been a tiring week but also an uplifting and exciting one. We’re so grateful to all of you!

With all the craziness, it’s been a few months since we’ve been able to host a critique contest. I didn’t want to let another month go by without one, so in the spirit of getting things back to normal, its CRITIQUE 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)

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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21 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Thanks, everyone, for entering and for the encouraging words about our newest book. The winners for this month are:

    Sherika Arnold
    Judy Mohr
    Lisa Hoffman Wagner

    Thanks again for entering, and I’ll see you next month!

  2. Sherika Arnold says:

    Hello! Congrats on the release of the new Thesaurus. My genre is Inspirational.

  3. Gargi Mehra says:

    I have the Emotion Thesaurus already, and looking forward to reading The Emotional Wound Thesaurus! Thank you so much for such a great resource!
    My details given below. Would love to win a critique!
    Email: mehra DOT gargi at gmail DOT com
    Genre: YA Contemporary

  4. Romana Iorga says:

    Congratulations on the book launch !
    I’m writing romantic suspense.
    Thank you for the opportunity !

  5. Raul Trevino says:

    Thank YOU for making awesome Thesaurus, I have all them including the new one. My genre is Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance. mail [at]

  6. Judy L Mohr says:

    Congratulations on the launch. So looking forward to getting my hands on a printed copy.

    My genre is thriller.

  7. Lynn Farnham says:

    Congratulations on the launch.
    I’m writing a historical fiction (it’s really a fairy tale). My email is:

  8. Kimberly Bea says:

    Hi there! Congratulations on the book launch! My email is, and my genre is YA Contemporary Fantasy.

  9. Rine says:

    Congrats! I’m working on a paranormal. My contact is rine

  10. Congrats on the newest member of the family! Awesome offering. Thank you for all your hard work. 🙂

    Email is current with WordPress.
    Genre: Fantasy

  11. Susanne Bellamy says:

    I enjoy using my thesaurus when I need inspiration. Congrats on the release of a new book.
    I’m writing a rural/small town romance.

  12. Congratulations on your recent book launch! My genre is high-action romantic suspense. I write CBA-compliant stories.

  13. Irene Kessler says:

    My email address is and my genre is Memoir. Not sure if I’m supposed to post the page here or wait for instructions. Please let me know.

  14. Joe Long says:

    Coming of Age/Romance

  15. Marte says:

    My WIP is a YA historical.

    My e-mail address is the same as the on on my WordPress account.

    Thank you for doing this, and congratulations on launching a new thesaurus!

  16. Talia says:

    Congrats on the Emotional Wound Thesaurus!!

    Email: included

    Genre: Fantasy

  17. Hi Becca:

    I have a middle grade contemporary portal fantasy. Thanks for the opportunity!


  18. Frances Rove says:

    Hello! Congratulations! I have the Emotional Wound Thesaurus and it’s been helpful already. My email address is I’m writing a mystery memoir.

  19. Hi! And congrats on the launch of another must-have for my shelf. Thrilled! My email address is and my genre is Women’s Fiction. Thanks!

  20. Erin says:

    Hello! My genre is contemporary romance. Congrats on the launch!

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