Critiques 4 U

Welp, it’s August. Some of us are crying because the summer’s over. Some of us are celebrating because the summer’s over. We northerners are, frankly, trying to ignore all the back-to-school posts because, jeez, we just got out of school.

Whatever situation you’re in, I hope you’re enjoying the moments and finding that precarious balance between work and personal life. Personally, I’m headed to Colorado with the family in a few weeks, and I needed to squeeze in some critiques this month, so today’s the big day :).



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 your first page is chosen. Just please know that if I’m unable to get in touch with you through that address, you’ll have to forfeit your win.

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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39 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. So…the winners for this month are

    Michael (wellmeier)
    Harry L. Wegley, and
    Patti Stafford

    Thanks for entering, everyone! See you next month. Happy writing!

  2. Michael says:

    Ooooo. Me! Pick me!

  3. MJ says:

    I would like to enter

  4. TJ Baker says:

    What a great opportunity. Thank you for giving you time to others. Karma will find you.

  5. Bethany says:

    I would love an opportunity!

  6. Michael McDonald says:

    Oh, oh, pick me.

  7. I’d love for you to look at my first page.

  8. Thank you for offering your time to look over one lucky winner’s page. I’d love to participate please include me as well for my speculative novella about rogue asteroids hitting the Earth.

  9. Please put me in! Thanks.

  10. Jean Richardson says:

    Would love a chance at a critique from you.

    Thanks a bunch!

  11. Just finished the latest round of edits on my unpublished 84,000 word adult crime manuscript. Pitch and query are ready. Synopsis was gut-wrenching but is now ready. A critique of my first page would be superb!

  12. Jennette Fox says:

    I write women’s fiction with romantic elements. I would love a critique of my first page.

  13. I would love to have you look at my first page!

  14. Rahma Krambo says:

    Thanks for this opportunity Becca. I’d love your critique of the first page of my family saga.

  15. Susan Grillo says:

    Thanks for providing this. I’m writing a mystery and would love 1st page feedback.

  16. I write Christian Historical Fiction. I would love a critique.

  17. julie says:

    My feedback on my MS is good/mixed…. would love your take!!

  18. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

  19. Rita Jordan says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! I spent the majority of this summer with a broken hand but still edited and revised my adult PNR one finger at a time. This would be the highlight of my summer if I win!

  20. Erika Hayes says:

    Mystery/crime novel with clean romance. Thank you for always being g willing to actually help others

  21. Christie Anderson says:

    I would love your feedback on my first page! It’s ready for review. Thanks!

  22. What an awesome opportunity. Thank you for the chance!

  23. Please enter me in your Critiques 4U. I’ve got a first page of a thriller with romance that I’m struggling with. So much to say without dumping info.

  24. Frances Rove says:

    I’m writing a mystery memoir. Thanks for this opportunity!

  25. I’d love to hear your feedback. I write YA and have a first page ready to go.

  26. Becky Bartholomew says:

    Me too 🙂

  27. Ash Roberts says:

    I have a YA #invoices fantasy novel. I have just started querying (as in sent the first one last night), but I’m not certain my first page is as strong as it could be yet, just as good as I know how to get it by myself.

  28. Katja Rammer says:

    Yes, please! It’s always a good idea to have feedback.

  29. Fritzie von Jessen says:

    Love the opportunity to have somebody look at the first page of the novel I’m working on.

  30. Talia says:

    Thank you so much for doing critiques every month 😀 I’d love to have you critique my first page! I write YA Fantasy.

  31. Thank you for the opportunity. I write in the mystery genre and all is ready for critique.

  32. Jarm says:

    I would love the opportunity. Thanks!

  33. Thanks. Boy, would I love a critique for my memoir.

  34. Pat A says:

    Hi Becca, I’d love my first page to be chosen.

    My novel is YA Sci-fi. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Mally says:

    Would love a critique to ease the end-of-summer blues!

  36. Mary Luce says:

    I’m in!

  37. Just finished my first contemporary romance. Usually I write historical fiction. My critique partners have looked at it. My beta readers tell me they like it so far. I’d like to hear what you have to say.

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