Critiques 4 U!

Are the seasons turning where you are? I sure hope so. Change is often stressful, but a change in climate is usually a good thing. It’s one thing I love about living where I do—getting all four seasons instead of ten months of OH MY WORD, I’M MELTING!

Another welcome change is getting new reading material when the well has run dry. For me, that means…



If you’re working on a first page (in any genre except erotica) and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment. Any comment :). As long as the email address associated with your WordPress account is up-to-date, I’ll be able to contact you if you win. Just please know that if I’m unable to get in touch with you through that address, I’ll have to choose an alternate winner.

Two caveats:

  • 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, let me ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of.
  • I’d like to be able to use portions of winning submissions as illustrations in an upcoming presentation I’m creating on first pages. By entering the Critiques 4 U contest, you’ll be granting permission for me to use small writing samples only (no author names or book titles).

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!

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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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40 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Erika Hayes says:

    Congrats to the winners!!!

  2. Karla Diaz says:

    Oh, wow! Thank you so much. I’m so excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

  3. Ok, the winners for this round are…

    Lois Simenson
    Karla Diaz
    Susan Peelish

    Thanks so much for entering, everyone! I’ll see you next month :).

  4. I’ve rewritten my first page so many times I’ve curled into a fetal position at the thought of even reading it again 🙂 If someone else would look at it I would be so grateful 🙂 Thank you!

  5. Karla Diaz says:

    Thank you for this great opportunity to get a first page critique from you. Hope I’m one of the chosen ones :).

  6. Stacie H says:

    A crit is just what I need. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Katja says:

    I’d love to get feedback, thank you for the opportunity.

  8. Stacy C. says:

    The season has already turned where I am and it’s hot, hot, hot! What a wonderful opportunity, thank you!

  9. Lisa Keifer says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity for us all, so thank you!

  10. Thanks so much. That’s fantastic.

  11. margie says:

    Thanks for this generous opportunity!

  12. Blaine says:

    Thank you for doing this 🙂

    As for the seasons… it’s been a bit hot/cold/hot/cold lately.
    Sometimes on the same day.
    I prefer not too hot, not too cold, but there doesn’t seem to be a perfect setting 😉

  13. I would love some feedback! Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Joy V Spicer says:

    Fantastic opportunity! And thank you for your generosity.

  15. Kimberly Bea says:

    Thanks for the great opportunity!

  16. Susan Peelish says:

    Nearly everything you post is relevant information! THANKS

  17. Leila says:

    <3 the emotion thesaurus! Would spend much more time pontificating over how to show emotions without it as a reference! 🙂

  18. barbara says:

    Thank you for the opportunity for a first page critique

  19. Thank you for the generous offer!

  20. Amy Snyder says:

    You guys are so great! Thanks for the chance!

  21. I’d love a critique

  22. Talia says:

    I’d love to win a critique from you! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!

  23. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Fingers crossed!

  24. Stephanie Ward says:

    This is truly wonderful! Your generosity confirms the kind heart I witnessed in your class at Storymakers. Thanks, you two, for all the help and love you give to the writing community.

  25. Ian Worrall says:

    An awesome way to help, certainly living up to the title of your website, Writers Helping Writers. Good luck to everyone, and congratulations to whoever ends up winning

  26. Thank ewe so much! This sheep lady appreciates your website and thesaurus’s!

  27. Brenda Jenkins Kleager says:

    Thanks for such useful information. I use the free downloads when planning my novels and I have most of the books. Whooo-hooo!

  28. Lorrie de la Mata says:

    How exciting to have our first pages critiqued. Best of luck to us all.

  29. Emily Cushing says:

    Thank you!

  30. Aurora says:

    Great opportunity for objectivity. Yes!

  31. Yugeayong Lhade says:

    Ummm… Thanks

  32. Thanks for the opportunity. You’re so wonderful.

  33. This is such a wonderful opportunity! Thank you!

  34. Frances Rove says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  35. Thanks so much for this chance!

  36. Sharon Mayhew says:

    What a great opportunity! Thanks, Ladies!

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