Critiques 4 U!

You guys! Guess who’s the birthday girl? ANGELA ACKERMAN! Even on her special day, she is a gift to me and to so many of you, I know. So if you see her around social media, please wish her a happy day 🙂

Welp, we’re almost there, folks. Christmas is nearly upon us. Hopefully you’ve scheduled some time in the holiday craziness for family traditions, quiet moments, or whatever makes you happy this time of year. Angela and I will be taking our regular blog break next week, so it’s a good time for me to stock up on reading material. And you know what that means :).



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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30 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Dylan says:

    Happy birthday, Angela! Merry Christmas to you both. Thanks for all you do to assist writers at this wonderful blog.

  2. And the winners are…
    Cindy Fowell
    Lynn Farnham, and
    Gargi Mehra

    I’ll be in touch shortly!

    Thanks so much for entering, everyone, and happy holidays! We’ll see you in the new year.

  3. Gargi Mehra says:

    Happy Birthday, Angela! You have the same birthdate as my niece!

    I’d love enter your contest!
    mehra.gargi at
    YA contemporary fiction

  4. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! You guys are the very best!

  5. Mary Balice says:

    Happy birthday, Angela!
    Genre – Women’s Fiction

  6. Always love your generosity!

    MG light fantasy

  7. Lynn Farnham says:

    oops. my book is historical fiction;

  8. Lynn Farnham says:

    Happy Birthday, Angela.
    my book his historical fiction.

  9. Leta McCurry says:

    Always great information. Thank you. And happy holidays.
    Women’s Fiction

  10. Happy birthday, Angela! Merry Christmas to you both. Thanks for all you do to assist writers at this wonderful blog.

    I’m working on a memoir. Is that eligible for first page editing contest? I wish everyone all the luck, and thanks again, Becca and Angela, for offering this first page editing contest.

  11. Cindy Fowell says:

    Happy Birthday Angela!
    Thank you for all your help on this site and One Stop for Writers.
    And thanks for the contest.

    Historical Romance

  12. Happy Birthday, Angela and seasonal greetings to you both, all the best for 2018.

  13. Nicolle Browne Jamet says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Genre: horror
    Happy holidays!!

  14. De Wayne W. Perry says:

    Happy Holidays to both of you, and Happy Birthday Angela!

    I would be honored to be entered in your contest.

    Literary Fiction

    Best, De Wayne

  15. Kristen Johnson says:

    Kristengjohnson at gmail . com
    Ya speculative

  16. Emily Cushing says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    MG Mystery

  17. Talia says:

    Oh yay, another critique contest! I love that you guys do this every month. 😀

    Email: Included
    Genre: YA Fantasy

  18. Alicia says:

    New Adult Romance
    adugas65 at

  19. Thanks for continuing to offer this.

    Mainstream Magical Realism

  20. Jarm says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Angela! And yes, I’d love the opportunity for a critique: MG Historical Fiction

  21. Irene Kessler says:

    Happy Birthday, Angela and Happy Holidays to all. Love you guys- you are so helpful in this trek to publication. Becca, it was great to meet you at the seminar in Boca.
    Would love feedback.
    Historical Fiction

  22. Angie Howard says:


    Thank you for offering this!
    YA Fantasy

  23. Blaine says:

    Count me in 🙂
    Gay Fantasy/Romance

  24. Sharon Mayhew says:

    I’d love to be entered in your contest!
    Sharonkmayhew at
    MG historical fiction

  25. Hey ladies. When is the deadline for this please?

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