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 · Jan 8

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For anyone who doesn't already know me, let me state loud & clear once again: Please send me your #BIPOC #LGBTQ+ #ownvoices #middlegrade & #YoungAdult manuscripts! Look at what I'm asking for in my other #MSWL tweets to see if we'd be a good match. (Ah! So many hashtags!)

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

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And yes, my friends, not to worry, I'm still very much looking for MG & YA books with all types of Jewish rep by ALL types of Jewish people who practice (or don't) all kinds of Judaism. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

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If you write middle grade stories that might be compared to (the incomparable) @Nnedi then you should query me! I LOVE Nnedi Okorafor's books. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

Some middle grade fantasy books I love are @TaherehMafi's Furthermore; @sofipasternack's Anya & the Dragon; @LaurelSnyder's Orphan Island; EVERYTHING ever written by @kellybarnhill; @AdamGidwitz's The Inquisitors Tale. If you have have a MG like any of these? Query me! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

Honestly, I'd really like a realistic contemporary YA romcom or romance featuring BIPOC characters! Hit me up with something akin to Jenny Han or Sandhya Menon's books. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

Something I want to see in my inbox: a YA romcom set in space; even better if the main character is BIPOC and extra points if it's LGBTQ+ too! Not too sciencey & not fantasy or characters w/superpowers (other than being smarty pants and/or physically fit). #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

Now that I'm open to queries again, please check #MSWL to see what kind of manuscripts I'm CURRENTLY on the lookout for.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Jan 8

Guess what?! I'm open to queries!
Chapter book, middle grade, and YA only.
Check #MSWL for the kind of projects I like & don't like.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 7 Dec 2019

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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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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 · 6 Dec 2019

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