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All the Right Junk in all the Right Places

We can learn something from Meghan Trainor's song, All About That Bass. Though she's singing about body image and how we should embrace our imperfections I think the sentiment applies to writing too.

How do I make the leap from booty to books? Here's how my mind works . . .

You can have all the right junk in all the right places in your manuscript and still get rejected. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's not simply about the beauty of your grammar and your unique writing style.

Surprise!!! It's about the story, the pace of the plot, the characters, the proverbial hook. It's about timing, who's reading your query, and what kind of mood they're in. It's about fitting into the mold and being the voice, the agent/publisher is looking for, NOW. If you're an actor auditioning for the part of a red-haired, green-eyed character, but you have long black hair and brown eyes, chances are you're not getting the part, no matter how good your junk looks!

That doesn't mean you give up. It means you absorb the rejection and move on to the next. And don't be afraid to adjust your junk and become the boom-boom that all the agents chase.


Hi. I'm Liz Ambrico, freelance proofreader and aspiring author. I too am querying agents, editors, and publishers in hopes of becoming a published author.



Wordy is the get-in-the-know hotspot for writers. From grammar to publishing find info, tips, and inspiration to take your WIP (Work In Progress) to the next level.


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I co-founded and managed a successful author and writer group on Long Island for five years. During events with publishers and authors I learned what matters, what agents are looking for, and the benefits and pitfalls of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

I've gained a lot of tips and tidings on my writing journey and want to share what I know.

Besides my passion for writing, I'm a fitness enthusiast, and I love coffee, chocolate, and animals. I'm mom to two amazing young men, and I live on Long Island with my husband, four zany cats, and the sweetest dog ever.

Whether you're new to writing, ready to query, or about to submit your manuscript,  welcome, you've come to the right place.

About Me


Alyssa is Wordy's website administrator and tech guru. She holds a degree in Communication and has always enjoyed writing and marketing, both of which are highly useful skills for aspiring authors. 

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