Critiques 4 U

Happy 2019, people! You know the saying: New year. New you. New eyes on your first page? Angela and I may be gearing up for the release of our next book, but I’ve got just enough time to squeeze in a few critiques.



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).

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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35 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Jane Plattner says:


    • Hi, Jane. Unfortunately, this contest has already closed. It only runs for 24 hours. But it will be coming around again soon. If you want to know when the next contest is happening, you can sign up to receive email notifications of our blog posts, so they come right to your inbox. You can do this via the Blog Updates Via Email field in the left-hand sidebar. Have a great day!

  2. I would throw my hat into the ring, if I had a hat.

  3. Thanks so much for entering, everyone! The winners for this round are Desiree, Mike C, and Angela T.

    Because of craziness at the blog next month, I’ve got to take the month off from critiquing. I’ll see you all again in March :).

  4. Jane Plattner says:

    Yes, please.

  5. Desiree says:

    Always appreciate feedback from other writers. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Now I must return to my keyboard, my character is impatient.

  6. Tara Miller says:

    How exciting! I just found you and am looking forward to discovering the many pearls of wisdom that you offer here. A critique of my first page would be fabulous.

  7. Mike C says:

    Who would turn down the offer of a chance for a free critique? Even if it is just the first page. Not me!

  8. Anna Hague says:

    Wow, what a great opportunity. Of course I want in

  9. I could definitely benefit from a first page critique!

  10. Heather Y. says:

    Happy New Year! Critiques 4 U is such a wonderful opportunity that you provide to writers. Thank you!

  11. Liz Charnes says:

    Happy New Year!
    I would love an opportunity for a critique! Please count me in!

  12. Mary Wernke says:

    I would love a critique. My genre is historical fiction with light romance.

  13. Angela T says:

    Yes, please!

  14. Colleen Storiz says:

    What a nice offer! Really like the content of your website – been very helpful. Thank you!

  15. Jessica Swafford says:

    Count me in!

  16. Cynthia Foley says:

    Happy New Year, a time of beginnings. I have several first pages I could send you! I’d be honored to receive your feedback, even, maybe especially, if it’s negative. “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Maybe I’ll get lucky!

  17. If I am selected I’ll get right on working on a first page, and if I have the same luck on this as I have on the lotto, I guess 2030 will be about right. Of course by then I’ll be dead.

  18. Amy Snyder says:

    Whoopsie! Sorry I entered twice! DQ me!

  19. Randy says:

    Surely you will pick me.
    …and don’t call me surely.

  20. I’ve never done this before, but I love your newsletter and website and have learned a lot. Whether I get chosen or not, it will be a fun experience.

  21. Sounds interesting. I’ll throw my hat in the ring. 😀

  22. Amy Snyder says:

    Happy New Year! And thank you for everything you do!

  23. Beverly King says:

    Your critiques are right on and I need your insight!

  24. Talia says:

    Happy New Year!! I’d love to win a critique! 😀

  25. Happy 2019! I have a first page that I’ve fiddled with until I’m unsure if it’s ready to go or a bit broken.

  26. Shelley O'Rourke says:

    Happy New Year! Love your site.

  27. Amy V says:

    Exciting! I’m new to your blog and found the last review to be very helpful! So whether I’m chosen or not – I can’t wait!

  28. Frances Rove says:

    Feeling lucky enough to be chosen this month!

  29. Dick Berman says:

    I look forward to being one of the chosen.

  30. Susan Peek says:

    I love love love One Stop! You have so many fantastic writing tools for authors. Thank you for such an incredible website!

  31. Susie says:

    What a great idea for a contest!

  32. Katja Rammer says:

    Happy New Year to you, too!
    Yes, please. Count me in!

  33. Sherika Arnold says:

    I look forward to Critiques 4 U every month!

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