I ended up oversleeping, having been awake most of the night. I kept having to wake myself up from a particularly unsettling recurring dream. I’m on the road hoping to become instantly grabbable, on my quest to achieve the Two Minute Grab Zone.

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My new growth of pangolin skin

One particular agent rejection has succeeded in disrupting my sleep pattern.  It is only one rejection in a collection of many that have led me to grow a pangolin skin, but the words

‘… it just doesn’t quite grab my imagination…’  

have wormed their way into my subconscious.

After three and a half years and 92,000 words, I am not prepared to take this on the chin and sit idly by and allow my first attempt at a novel to wallow in the slushy stigma of rejection.

I’ve known about the Two Minute Grab Zone for quite some time, and it’s time I got to grips with it.

Nobody ever said the road to getting published was going to be a breeze and, three and a half years, for me anyway, hasn’t been enough time to master instantly grabbable.

If my storytelling does not grab the imagination from the outset, I cannot expect to join the elite ranks of published fictional authors yet.

The Pitch: Never Submit A Story Still Damp With Inspiration – Monica Carless

I wish I’d read your words of wisdom before I submitted, Monica Carless.

As of today, all submissions have ceased whilst I throw everything I have to make my storytelling instantly grabbable.