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Melissa Eskue Ousley

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Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning author living on the Oregon coast with her family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. Her debut novel, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award and a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her third book, The Sower Comes, won a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her fourth book, Sunset Empire, was released in the Secrets and Shadows box set, a bestselling young adult collection. Her suspense novel, Pitcher Plant, was released this May. When she’s not writing, she can be found walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

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Melissa Eskue Ousley Hi, Johnathon. There are a lot of great agents out there, and it's important to query those who represent your genre. I can recommend a few resources.…moreHi, Johnathon. There are a lot of great agents out there, and it's important to query those who represent your genre. I can recommend a few resources. Check out Writer's Digest's Guide to Literary Agents Blog, which features agents and has articles on writing and the publishing industry. I also like AgentQuery.com because you can search for agents based on genre and there are also helpful tips about query letters. I recommend checking out pitch contests on Twitter too. I found my publisher through Pitch Madness, also known as #PitMad.(less)
Melissa Eskue Ousley When I’m stuck, I simply work on something else. When I was writing The Sower Comes (coming in 2015), I found one section particularly challenging to…moreWhen I’m stuck, I simply work on something else. When I was writing The Sower Comes (coming in 2015), I found one section particularly challenging to write. I knew how things would unfold in the next chapter, so I made a note to go back later and moved forward. It worked, because I wasn't frustrated by my lack of progress. My mind needed a break to work out some details with the chapter that wasn’t behaving. My advice when encountering a block is to keep going and build around it. It's okay if that first draft isn't perfect. Things work out in the end.(less)
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Congratulations to the 20 Goodreads giveaway winners who won a signed copy of The Sower Comes, book 3 in the Solas Beir Trilogy! I'm packing your books today and will ship them out tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who entered.

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“You used to scream so well when you were scared, back when I lived under your bed.”
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Melissa Ousley Chad B. wrote: "Melissa, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
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Thanks! I hope 2014 is a great year for you too!


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Kayla Ward Thank you for adding me as a friend Melissa. :)


Neveen You are so much welcome :) .


Neveen Thanks for adding me as a friend Melissa.
I am looking forward to read your novel.

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