Linda Epstein

@LindaEpstein

I'm a senior agent at Emerald City Literary Agency @EmeraldCityLit repping children's books (PB, MG, YA). Also a writer. Yes, it's hard. Repped by @renarossner

Pretty over it.

Emerald City Literary Agency

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 4d

Obviously don't send me the kind of manuscripts I've explicitly said I don't like. But if you have a manuscript that you think I would like, but I didn't say so? You have nothing to lose by querying me. I don't bite (mostly). #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 4d

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein

I hope people understand that when agents post #MSWL wishes that's not the only kind of projects they represent. You all do know that, right? For example, many of my clients don't write any of the things I'm asking for. That's why I want them!

I want my list to be balanced with PBs, CBs, MGs, YAs. Some serious, some not; some weird & quirky, some chock full of muggles; some lighthearted, some deep & thinky. And there are all the things I don't know I want until I get them. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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Is it possible for a #YA mystery to be not scary or spooky or have a murder in it? Maybe even funny? I'd like to read that. A story where I'm trying hard to figure out who done something (nonviolent). #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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I get a lot of Ashkenazi Conservative/Orthodox submissions, which is FINE but send me #mg & #YA novels with casual Judaism too & w/all kinds of representation like Jewish people of color; Sephardim; Mizrahi; Reconstructionist & reform; non-affiliated or practicing; atheist. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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I probably don't need to say this, but I will: I want ALL THE QUEER THINGS™️in both #MG and #YA Realistic contemporary, historical, speculative fiction, light fantasy, light scifi, mystery, romance, etc... #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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Is it possible to have a #MG or #YA story about a popular kid where that's ok? I know so many of us book people felt like oddballs as kids, but what about a popular kid who's not a jerk, not getting bullied, not mean? Things HAPPEN to everyone. We all have challenges. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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I'd love to see a #mg or #YA novel with art & art museums or something historical including artists. Like Girl w/a Pearl Earring for kids or something like that? Something at the British Museum? The Louvre? Wouldn't that be awesome? #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

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Don't send me WW2 stories, or war stories in general. I work hard to take care of my mental health & our real world is so full of horrors, it's challenging. I know those books are important but they're not for me. There are many other agents to query with them. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

I'm the wrong agent for "dark & gritty" or "scary & twisted" or any other 2 words you can put together that basically mean those same things. 😊The good news is that you can send those queries to @MandyHubbard & @GarrettAlwert at @EmeraldCityLit #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

I've asked for this before, but I'm DYING for a #YA or #MG novel set in the Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai, preferably written by someone who's connected w/that history. It's the only kind of WW2 novel I want to read, tbh. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

I'd love a realistic contemporary #MG adventure featuring African American kids. Like, I REALLY want to read that. Something fun & lighthearted & exciting! #ownvoices #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

Is it possible for a #mg novel to be both high concept AND literary? If so, I want THAT. Something with a BIG hook but also beautifully written, complex characters, a story that will make me both LOL & weep. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6d

I am particularly looking for realistic contemporary and romcom #YA from #POC. I want love stories (straight & not); sister or brother stories; stories about finding oneself or finding a best friend. I want to really feel the setting, too. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Nov 24

I loved The Farewell, and @awkwafina’s brilliant performance in it. I want more movies like that! And books, too. So if you’ve written a #YA manuscript like that? Make sure to send it my way. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Nov 9

Just finished Season 3 of #Atypical If you haven’t watched it, get on it! Funny, poignant, smart writing & wonderful acting. Really can’t recommend it enough. I’d love a YA with that same kind of fun but weirdly authentic and true vibe! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Nov 3

The Beccadook @RebeccaPodos

@LindaEpstein I wish one for you 🙏🏼

Replying to @RebeccaPodos

Thanks, friend! I'd LOVE to see a contemporary YA Jewish girls in (surprise!) love come into my inbox. Like, maybe neither one knows the other's queer? Or maybe at camp? Or something... #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Oct 29

You know what else I want to see in YA submissions? Teens having safe consensual sex & enjoying it. Not only is that how it can be in a real teen's life but I think books should be modeling that behavior. And also, teens talking & advocating for that in their relationships. #MSWL