Critiques 4 U, with Sara Letourneau!

It’s time for our monthly critique contest, and editor and writing coach Sara Letourneau is back to offer feedback on the winners’ first pages.

Visit the Heart of the Story website to learn more about working with Sara or her writer website to read some of her poetry and freelance writing.

Contest Guidelines

This month’s contest will work exactly the same as it usually does, only Sara will be the one contacting you if you win.

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, Sara will be able to contact you if your first page is chosen. Just please know that if she’s unable to get in touch with you through that address, you’ll have to forfeit your win.

Please be sure your first page is ready to go so she 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 her right away, let me ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of.

Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, Sara will be in contact to get your first page and offer her 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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34 Responses to Critiques 4 U, with Sara Letourneau!

  1. Ok! The winners for this round are Judith Field, Jenny Elliott, and Tessa Floreano. Sara will be in touch :).

    Thanks for entering everyone! See you next month, and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a happy holiday!

  2. Aimee says:

    This sounds great!

  3. AvidReader says:

    Your critique of my first work would be sincerely appreciated.

  4. Kaitlyn Guay says:

    Thank you for such a generous offering, Sara! I’d vastly appreciate your insight, and much luck to everyone who enters!

  5. C.P. says:

    I would love my first page to be critiqued. I have decided to switch POV from 1st to 3rd person deep!

  6. Tessa Floreano says:

    I followed Ray Rhamey’s advice, he of Flogging the Quill game, yet I am still not sure I have the best first page, but don’t know what else to try.

  7. Jenny Darlington says:

    What an incredible opportunity! Thank you!

  8. Belinda Sikes says:

    I’m struggling with the opening of this book. So many rewrites!

  9. Liz Charnes says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! Would love my first page critiqued.

  10. Dee says:

    I love the idea of a critique.

  11. I’d love some feedback on my first page. The story sentence: A peace-loving woman caught in a civil war must resort to violence to save lives or stick to her principles and sacrifice many.

    Thanks for considering!

  12. Emma Christine Buenen says:

    It would be wonderful to win this opportunity.

  13. Would love some feedback. Thanks.

  14. Would love some feedback.

  15. Marlena Goodsitt says:

    I’d love feedback on my first page

  16. Exciting opportunity to have my first page critiqued!

  17. Ann Noel Kronke says:

    Comment, okay, don’t blow it…wait. Is this thing on? Oh, pickles…

  18. Kim Taffy says:

    Critique sounds wonderful. I am in! Thank you!

  19. Philip says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity! Thank you.

  20. Mally Becker says:

    Fingers crossed!

  21. Jim Snell says:

    Sounds interesting.

  22. Sam Muller says:

    Thanks for this opportunity.

  23. Lara Elliott says:

    Sounds awesome!

  24. Amy Snyder says:

    Would love some feedback on my opening page! Good luck everyone!

  25. Kimberley Bailey says:

    Thanks for the chance!!

  26. I would love to have my historical fiction critiqued!

  27. Dylan says:

    I would like to have a crtique for my page.

  28. Joyce Ackley says:

    I would love to have my first page critiqued. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  29. Jenny Elliott says:

    Fingers crossed for success here. This would be a very beneficial prize. Thank you for the opportunity.

  30. Frances Rove says:

    How about a memoir to critique. I’m not lucky. I never win these things but I persevere. Thank you.

  31. Susan Policoff says:

    I love the idea of this monthly contest even though I never win it.

  32. Dave Parks says:

    Elijah grabbed one end of the wineskin, bent his knees, and lifted.

    A child’s shrill cry shot across the trail.

    The wineskin slipped from Elijah fingers and burst at the feet of his brother Nathan.

  33. Judith Field says:

    I’d love to have my page critiqued! If at first you don’t succeed…

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