April 19, 2015


I read somewhere that consistency pays off and it does. I’m so happy to share with you two posts I recently got published, and some news about a new writing gig I’ve landed for a print magazine!

First, I was published on Listverse, a site that lists top 10 list articles that are strange or bizarre. I wrote an article titled 10 Suspicious and Unsettling Staircase Deaths because a few weeks ago I was really obsessed with The Staircase documentary, the one about Michael Peterson getting convicted for killing his wife (who was found at the bottom of a staircase). I decided to research 9 other suspicious staircase deaths and throw it all together in an article for Listverse and voila! They accepted it, and I was $100 richer.

That’s right, they’ll give you $100 if they accept your article (I’m lookin’ at you, writers!)

I was also asked to be a contributor for a website entitled Self Love Beauty, so I’ll be writing articles for them once a month. My first article was published there a little over a week ago, and it was called Dealing With Difficult People: 8 Things to Remember.

I rather like that post. I’d been saving it up for awhile, and I’m glad I got to finally show it to the public.

And finally, the last bit of news I wanted to share with you was that I finally got a ‘call-back’ for a magazine gig I applied for a few days ago. It’s a new magazine launching in the fall, and I’m currently working with the founder to determine my first few articles. I’m so excited because I’ve never been published in print before! If you don’t count the small book my diary entries were published in a few months back. I can’t wait to share everything with you once it’s published! I might order a zillion copies.

So it’s been an exciting couple of weeks in Monique’s writing world. I’ve learned that when you send pitch after pitch after pitch, someone finally sits up and takes notice. I was starting to really lose hope after 2 straight weeks of sending pitches and not getting anything in return. Not a ‘sorry, not good enough’ or a ‘the position has been filled’. Nothing! So I started thinking maybe I needed to tweak the emails I was sending out, and that maybe I needed to take a break and re-configure a few things. But seriously, consistency is the key. And patience. Because now I’ve got a few more recent gigs under my belt to share, so I can hopefully score a few more!

All that being said, I’m also now hoping to get a few guest posts here on the blog. I’m super busy lately and going to Hawaii for a whole week next week, so I want to keep the blog going while I focus on a few other things. Any interest?

If you’d like to submit a guest post for A Novel Quest, here are a few things I’m looking for:

– 500-1000 words

– spiritual or non-spiritual experiences that have changed your life for the better

– writing or blogging hacks

– resources or recommendations for living a positive, more fulfilling life

Pretty basic. Anything that makes people feel better will be considered! Feel free to email me either an idea/title, or a full post via Google Docs at monique.muro@gmail.com. Don’t worry about a picture for the post, as I like to hand-pick all of the pictures for the blog, but do send a bio, a picture of you, and links to your Twitter/blog if you’ve got ’em! I look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested :)

Aside from going to Hawaii to basque in beautiful sunshine and clear blue water for a few days next week, I’m also looking to morph my blog and writing website together over the next few weeks. I found a beautiful template online that I think is perfect for it, so I’m excited to get it underway. It’s going to be a bit of a project, but I think I can get it done. I have a writing website at moniquemuro.com, but I’d like to have these blog posts connect to that site, and re-vamp that site altogether. I have to make a list with a zillion things on it, but it’s a mini project I’m excited about.

You’ll hear from me one more time this week before I saddle up and leave this Saturday, but other than that, I look forward to stalking Wayne Dyer and telling you all about it when I return! Talk to you soon!

Monique Muro

Monique is an exceedingly happy human from LA. She runs the blog A Novel Quest, and writes. A lot.

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  • http://melissa-field.com/ Melissa Field

    What great news! Congratulations. I was just thinking to myself the other day, if something really amazing showed up in Monique’s life I wouldn’t be surprised. She’s always putting herself out there and taking real chances. You show up for life and now it’s showing up for you! For your guest posts, do you only want original content, or are you open to things that have been published on a personal blog before?

    • http://anovelquest.com Monique Muro

      Aww thank you so much Melissa! What a wonderful way to look at it, life showing up for you when you show up for it :) I think I’ll use that mantra this week :) I’d prefer original content, but if you want to send something from your blog that is fine, you’ve got some wonderful posts that I’d be happy to publish!

      • http://melissa-field.com/ Melissa Field

        I just realized I have the perfect thing to share here, and I have yet to publish it on my site because it’s unfinished. It’s about living a life free of fear. Not in concept, but being 100% without fear at all times. It’s based on something I heard on the Invisibilia podcast. I think it’s a great fit because you’re the treasure chest of the internet, so for those that come for the gold they can discover this cool podcast. And for your emerging fans into the inspiration what I learned about being fearless was really cool!

        • http://anovelquest.com Monique Muro

          That sounds like such a great read, and something I would love to post! I also need to check out Invisibilia, so much cool stuff in the world, hahaha. Thanks for contributing Melissa! I’m so excited to post some other voices here! :)

  • Adrianne Kincade

    Congratulations!! I would love to participate as a guest blogger but I am trying really hard to stay with my niche. I don’t want to branch too far. If I can creatively combine tween/teen with your topics. I am in… Let me do some brainstorming!

  • Laina Turner

    Congrats. Persistence pays off!