Critiques 4 U!

What Becca Wishes Her Summer Looked Like

Welp, here in New York, we finally made our way to summer vacation. Also known as Becca’s Annual Transition From Working In A Quiet House To Trying To Get Stuff Done With Two Kids Underfoot. Maybe you can relate. Luckily, the sleeping in, eating ice cream, family time, and general laid-back-ness make it all worthwhile.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we get to totally slack. Some of us still have first pages to read. And you know what 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!


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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24 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Judy Levine says:

    Good for us and good for ypu. A win-win situation. Thanks.

  2. Ok, the winners for this round are

    Emily Cushing
    Mary Tilghman
    Julie Glover

    Thanks so much for entering, everyone! Happy writing, and I’ll see you next month 🙂

  3. Talynn Lynn says:

    A critique would be lovely and amazing! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Julie Glover says:

    And with both trembling nerves and resolved courage, she leaves a comment…

    So glad y’all do these critiques! Always valuable information.

  5. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Constructive feedback is always welcome!

  6. Jay Hicks says:

    Hi Becca. I’d love your impression of my Australian flavour.
    Have fun, Jay.

  7. Christine says:

    One of the best things about vacations is sleeping in. Enjoy!

  8. Talia says:

    Oooo, I would love to win a critique!! I write YA fantasy (most of the time).

  9. Leta McCurry says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. I would love you to critique my first page.

  10. Erika Hayes says:

    I’d love to have a critique of my first page. Please consider me for this opportunity. Thank you!

  11. Emily Cushing says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  12. Jarm says:

    I’d be glad to help out!😊 Thanks for the opportunity!! And enjoy your summer . . .

  13. Stephanie Ward says:

    I would love to throw my hat, I mean, my first page, into the running. My MG Sci-Fi is an Intergalactic Jackie and the Beanstalk tale. Think Jack the Giant Slayer meets Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft. As for the contest, I guess I missed the window as it is closed. Bummer. Thanks for the opportunity of a first page critique. Happy Summer to you and your family.

  14. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. My current book, for which I’d love a first page critique, is fourth in a series though, so let me know if this would exclude it from the competition.

  15. Mally Becker says:

    Thanks for creating this community of writers and offering us your feedback. My 18th century heroine, Becca, would love to meet you!

  16. Beverly King says:

    I would like a critique of my sweet romance.

  17. I write historical fiction but my new book is a contemporary romance. Very different I am finding. Or is it? Pick me, pick me. And thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Frances A. Rove says:

    Working on a mystery memoir. Has a month passed already?

    Thank you for this opportunity.


  19. Bonnie Woodward says:

    What a wonderful opportunity. I’d love a critique. I can’t improve if I don’t know what’s wrong.

  20. Sarah Barker says:

    Hello I would like to enter 🙂

  21. Hi, Karla! I’m so glad you’re working up a new beginning. My policy, though, has been that each can person can win once per calendar year. I’ve never actually had someone win twice in one year, so I haven’t felt the need to bring it up. But since you mentioned it, I would need you to wait until January again, if that’s ok. I just want to give as many different people the chance to win as possible.

    Thank you!

  22. Katja Rammer says:

    I would love to join this opportunity. Thank you.

  23. Denisa says:

    I would absolutely love a critique. I’ve been tackling this first page (okay, first chapter) since forever. A fresh pair of eyes would be amazing.

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