Critiques 4 U

Ahhh, it’s the happy time again.

*cue the Peanuts Christmas soundtrack*

Because I’m easily overwhelmed and like to get out ahead of things, my decorating is done and I did most of my shopping online yesterday. Next comes the wrapping, but in the meantime, I’m taking a break to do some reading, which means it’s time for a critique contest!



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/comment profile 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 will be used).

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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31 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. :Donna says:

    I love that you’re so organized and ahead of things, Becca 😀 Takes pressure off!

  2. Catherine Moore says:

    Got my first page ready!! I’d love me some critique 🙂

  3. OK, the happy holiday winners are…Alicia Dugas, Sedona Hutton, and Petoi Lin. Thanks everyone for entering. Have a great holiday, and I’ll see you in the new year!

  4. J. Justin says:

    hat thrown

  5. Gargi Mehra says:

    Thank you for doing these as always, Becca!
    I’d love some feedback on my SF romance novel 🙂

  6. Lee K says:

    I would appreciate this opportunity.
    Thank you in advance for helping the winners.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Feedback is always helpful!

  8. Lisa Potocar says:

    I’m grateful for a chance to be the recipient of your sage advice, Becca. Love the wealth of knowledge that you impart to us authors through your books and website.

  9. Mike cipolla says:

    It needs an impartial critique.

  10. Jane E Plattner says:

    Sounds great. Thanks.

  11. Jayna Morrow says:

    What a great opportunity!

  12. Jessica Swafford says:

    Yes, please!

  13. I would love the feedback too!

  14. Mary Wernke says:

    I’d love the feedback. Thanks!

  15. Carrie says:

    Count me in! 🙂

  16. Stephanie Ward says:

    I’d love a critique from the famous Becca! I’m sure I’d learn tons. Thanks for showering opportunities like this upon the community. What a sweet gift. Happy Holidays!

  17. Julie Glover says:

    I love when you do these. Thanks for this great ongoing service!

  18. Sherika Arnold says:

    I always look forward to the monthly Critiques 4 U!

  19. Susan Policoff says:

    This is a great idea. First pages are such a swirl of need.

  20. Gwendolyn Ensz says:

    Yay, critiques!
    Love this website, and I’m working on betting a hold of the Thesauruses (Thesaurasi? Anyway, plural of Thesaurus).

  21. Patti Downing says:

    Ooooh! This would be awesome!!!

  22. I’d love a critique!! This sounds fun!

  23. Hi Becca – I would love to be a part of this critique. Thanks for the opportunity to enter – Sedona

  24. My first page is constantly changing. I would have no idea which first page to submit. Woo Hoo! Go girl on that Christmas decorating and shopping, that’s a major accomplishment!

  25. alicia dugas says:

    Becca – thank you for doing these critiques!

  26. Dawn Malone says:

    This is one of my favorite websites to visit for writerly advice. Thanks for the chance!

  27. What a generous offer. Thank you!

  28. Heather says:

    I would love a chance to participate! Thank you for doing this. 🙂

  29. Thanks for the possible opportunity, Becca!

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