Linda Epstein

@LindaEpstein

I'm a literary agent at Emerald City Literary Agency @EmeraldCityLit representing children's books (PB, MG, YA). Also a writer. Yes, it's hard.

Pretty over it.

Emerald City Literary Agency

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 2d

When I say I want a YA #CliFi I mean I want a novel that deals head on with climate change, not a rando dystopian or fantasy story about something else that happens after the climate is fucked up beyond fixing. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 9

I'd REALLY like submissions by #POC writing #ownvoices stories. Realistic contemporary #middlegrade & #YoungAdult manuscripts. I want love stories & coming of age stories & stories about kids & their dogs. I want stories about the awkwardness of puberty & 1st kisses. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 9

Does everyone know what portal fantasy is? It's when part of your plot includes finding a door/amulet/something else that leads your characters to A WHOLE NEW WORLD/PLACE. I don't really care for those kind of stories so probably better not to query me w/them. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 5

I’d Like a MG Lassie or Sounder or Black Besuty (if B.B. was a dog)... that is, send me a realistic dog/human friendship story that will make me cry and want to hug my dogs more. (No talking dogs or animal cruelty though.) #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 5

FYI I prefer speculative fiction to high fantasy & don’t like portal fantasy. Send me spec fic & fantasy set in this world or almost this world. #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

FTR in general I steer clear of Holocaust stories and/or other stories set during WW2. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

I know this is very specific, but I'd like a MG or YA set in the Jewish ghetto in WW2 Shanghai. I've been thinking about this for years... #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

I also like stories including characters that are other religions than Christian (nothing against Christianity!) but not necessarily stories ABOUT religion. People are A LOT of different religions. It's a big world. Let's see it reflected in books #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

Oh also: I like stories where the characters have different body types. Like the default shouldn't be skinny and able bodied. #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

I don't know if I can sell it (editors: would you want this too?) but I'd LOVE to see a multicultural/multiethnic middle grade werewolf story. #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

Did I mention that I want a YA love story? Like, I REALLY want a YA love story. I want to feel all the feels. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

I'd love a heartbreaking middle grade that isn't about dead parents/grandparents/friends and isn't about bullying. Break my heart another way! #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 4

I'm still very interested in a YA #CliFi story: something realistic-ish that deals with the fallout of climate change, how it affects people & society & culture. Maybe a not-stupid Water World or something? #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 28 Sep 2017

I've got a #MSWL! A YA Clan of the Cave Bear type novel, only using Aquatic Theory! I want to read/rep that. #amwriting #scifi #fantasy

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 11 Jul 2017

About to update my #mswl but re-read & it's still what I want & I'm closed to subs so what am I even talking about? manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/lind…

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 3 Aug 2016

I am now officially closed to ALL unsolicited submissions except for following a conference. #queries #querytip #MSWL #amwriting #pubtip

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 30 Jun 2016

Writers, when you send your #MSWL submission to me, please use the hashtag in the subject line, as I'm mostly closed to submissions.