Critiques 4 U

Current Situation

WANTED: First pages to read by the pool


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!

One More Thing…Free Access Codes!

Angela, Lee, & I love seeing you guys pounding out the words during summer because we know it’s always a challenge to find the time. If it will help you, grab this free month code we’ve created at One Stop for Writers to cheer on the brave writers attempting Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

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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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45 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Looks like my comment didn’t take. Here it is again:
    Hi Becca! I would love a first page read for my memoir about attending college as a mother of five. Enjoy your pool!

  2. Alrighty! The winners for this month are…

    Breanda Kleager
    Tracy Perkins
    Lisa Orchard

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

  3. Brenda Kleager says:

    I’m working on a fantasy novel, left-handed due to two broken bones and a fractured wrist. It’s my right arm of course. The slowdown has given me opportunities to think about characters and plot.

  4. Jay Hicks says:

    What a great way to use poolside time. Nothing like a bit of drama to help work up a sweat. Have fun. x Jay.

  5. This would be awesome! That pool looks amazing too….

  6. Mona AlvaradoFrazier says:

    What a great opportunity, count me in for a chance at a critique.

  7. Lisa Keifer says:

    This is so cool of you to do for writers and fans of your page! By the way, I’m totally jealous of the pool reading 😉

  8. Mary Luce says:

    Sign me up! I’ve got sci-fi with gender fluid characters.

  9. Danielle says:

    How exciting!!!!


  10. Hi Becca! I would love a first page read for my memoir about attending college as a mother of five. Enjoy your pool!

  11. Tanya says:

    Great idea! Would love to have feedback. Thanks!

  12. Christine Monson says:

    Oh! Pick me! Pick Me! 🙂

    tomandchris6 (at) bellsouth (dot) net

  13. Annoushka Lyvers says:

    Count me in! This sounds awesome 🙂

  14. Andrew fox says:

    Yes please.

  15. Susan Policoff says:

    I would love a critique of my mystery novel’s first page.

  16. Noelle Alexis says:

    This would be great thanks!

  17. John Justin says:

    Sign me up.

  18. Michael McDonald says:

    I would love to hear your critique! I am working on a draft for a short story that i hope to have ready for submission by 8/1. Thank you for your consideration.

  19. barbara says:

    I’m working on a WWII mystery set on the home front I would love to have critiqued

  20. Beverly King says:

    I have a rom-com first page that I need feedback on. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Enjoy the poolside.

  21. Love the opportunities you give us — count me in!

    giffmacshane (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Erika Hayes says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! My book is clean mystery..not cozy but can. Thanks for a chance to have you review my first page

  23. Awesome. I’ll love to be involved.

  24. Ramzy Hamdy says:

    What happens when the sun disappears, and the moon takes, that which is most precious, to get her mate back? Evereen will have to face all she’s been running from, to get back from the moon, what was taken from her.

  25. That would be really cool, reading writing by the pool. I would love the feed back. Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Irene Kessler says:

    would love it. New book. memoir. Harder than a novel.

  27. Kyra Palmer says:

    What an awesome opportunity! Thank you for the chance. Would love your thoughts on my first page 🙂

  28. Yolanda says:

    Thanks, for the chance.

    Happy reading!

  29. Theresa Rice says:

    What a generous offer! I’m down!

  30. Louise says:

    I’ve rewritten my first page so many times now. I’d love a pro view!

  31. Mally Becker says:

    I’d love your feedback on the first page of my story. Fingers crossed.

  32. I would love an opinion on my MG F! Thank you so much for this!

  33. Lisa Orchard says:

    I’m interested! I’d love some feedback on my first page!

  34. Sherika Arnold says:

    Sounds relaxing!
    Nonfiction Inspiration

  35. Robin Mason says:

    i’m in between projects but i would be happy to have your thoughts on my first page of my most recent story.

  36. Sandy Perlic says:

    It’s always helpful to have someone else look at your first page! I’m in. (and thanks!)

  37. Sarah Foil says:

    I’d love to get my first page critiqued! I’ll be sending my manuscript out to agents in September!!!

  38. Katja says:

    This is great! I’d love to get some feedback on my first page 🙂

  39. Nancy Roe says:

    What a great contest!

  40. Jacqueline Kimball says:

    Yikes. I can’t edit my comment from a few minutes ago. Sniff, sniff. I meant STORY. LOL. I am working on my 1st Amish story for YA. I definitely would love a critique from the awesome Becca.💞

  41. Jacqueline Kimball says:

    I’m working on my first Amish stost for YA). I would welcome your input. Why? Because…Becca.😄

  42. I would love the opportunity, Becca . . .thanks!

  43. Enjoy the pool 🙂
    Gay Sci-Fi Romantic Suspense

  44. Katja Rammer says:

    Writing and reading at the pool? That’s an idea. Would love to send over my first page for your to pick through.

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