Welp, Angela and I are in full-blown, a-million-balls-in-the-air, pre-publication madness right now. It’s crazy, but we love it because it means that by this time next week, The Occupation Thesaurus will be available at all our regular distributors :). In case you were looking for news on that, you can find some information about the book here.

Also, we’re doing something a little wacky for this launch (shocking, I know) that will allow YOU to put US in the Hot Seat and ask us whatever questions you want about our jobs, working together, etc. If you would like to attend this Zoom event or submit questions for us to answer, check out this post.

(The Hot Seat is happening Thursday, July 16th, at 8 PM EST. We will have a recording I hope, so even if you can’t make it live, you can watch after the fact!)

And now, back to this month’s 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 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 morning. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. 

We run this contest on a monthly basis, so if you’d like to be notified when the next opportunity comes around, consider subscribing to our blog (see the left-hand sidebar).

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

25 Responses to CRITIQUES 4 U!

  1. Ok! The winners for this round are Rhiannon, Frances Rove, and Traci R. Congrats!

    Thanks for entering, everyone. And thanks, too, for the encouraging words about our upcoming release. Every new launch is stressful but super exciting because we can’t wait to see what people think. Your kindness is appreciated!

    I’ll see you all next month :).

  2. Ruth Khan says:

    A critique would be so helpful! Thanks for the opportunity to be considered.

  3. Talia says:

    I can’t wait for the Occupation Thesaurus!!! 😀 I would love a first-page critique!

  4. Stacy frazer says:

    Love all your books 📚! Can’t wait for this one !

  5. Rhiannon M says:

    Wonderful opportunity, thank you!

  6. Angie says:

    Would love a first page critique!

  7. Sandra Savage says:

    I would be thrilled to have the first page of my worldview novel critiqued. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  8. Nicole Cameron says:

    I have your book on emotions. Would love a shot at the first page critique.

  9. Thank you for offering this opportunity.

  10. Traci R. says:

    I’d really like a review of my first page. I’m writing an urban fantasy/romance/rock fiction. I know, weird! Anyway, I’d love for someone to take a look!

  11. I would welcome a critique.

  12. Stef Gemmill says:

    Love your work and the ‘Emotion Thesaurus’ sits on my writing desk, dog-eared and well loved. I have a polished middle grade chapter book I am itching to submit and a first page critique would be most helpful. Good luck with your book launch!

  13. Congrats on the new release! I’d love to win a critique. My page is ready to go!

  14. Jennifer Rose says:

    Oh that’s so exciting! I’d love to win a free critique.

  15. Beth Christopher says:

    Congratulations on your newest book! I’d love the opportunity to have my first page critiqued.


  16. Pat Trainum says:

    Thank you! I have almost all of your books. I’d love a first page critique.

  17. I would so love feedback but have not been online (the blog’s been asleep) for some time.

  18. Kathleen Keenan says:

    This sounds awesome, I would love a critique!

  19. Jessica Swafford says:

    Count me in!

  20. Congratulations on your book! I have the one on emotions and love it!

    I would love a first page critique! The first pages seem to be the hardest to write.

  21. Kim Taffy says:

    So excited! Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Frances Rove says:

    I have a really good or really bad example for you from my memoir. I’m too close, I can’t tell anymore.

    I would really appreciate the critique and would love it if others learned from it — good or bad.

    Thank you.

  23. Diane Spigonardo says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  24. Paula Cappa says:

    Would love a first page read for my mystery novel. All ready to roll. Thanks!
    Paula Cappa

  25. Karla Diaz says:

    Congratulations on the new launch! This will be another indispensable addition to my writer’s toolbox. I love all of your thesauruses.

    I have written more versions of my first page than I can count! Having your eyes on it would be invaluable to me. Thanks for always being so helpful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.