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 · May 28

BTW big #MSWL, in case you all don’t already know this, please send me all your #MiddleGrade and #youngadult #JewishKidLit manuscripts! Particularly interested in anything #queer #fantasy #scifi #romcom #mystery

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Apr 1

I'm looking for #middlegrade and #youngadult stories. I like realistic contemporary; magical realism; well done retellings of fairytales, folklore, legends; love stories; most anything feminist af. I don't like horror, thrillers, murder mysteries, or anything super scary. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Apr 1

I will be open to middle grade & young adult manuscript submissions only from April 1st through June 30th, 2019. Please check #MSWL to see what I'm looking for.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I’d love a MG like Furthermore by Tahera Mafi, or anything by @kellybarnhill, or Damsel by @ElanaKArnold. You feeling that vibe? #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I have a lot of anxiety around illness, so I’m the WRONG agent for stories about getting sick or battling diseases (“sick lit”). It’s painful enough supporting the real folks I know who are ill; I don’t seek it in my fiction. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I am still closed to unsolicited queries. I will be open to middle grade & young adult manuscript submissions only from April 1st through June 30th, 2019. Please check #MSWL to see what I'm looking for.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

Replying to @toby_rachel

To pitch me a chapter book, you only need the first one fully written + a proposal for 2 or 3 follow ups. You'd also have to have other things in the hopper, other than picture books. I don't rep projects; I rep careers & I'm currently not taking on more pb authors. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I would LOVE (I mean REALLY love) a feminist historical Purim re-telling. Extra points if you ship Esther & Vashti. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I have been asking for/yearning for a middle grade or YA story set in the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto during World War 2 for NINE YEARS. I REALLY want this. If you have written that story, please send it to me! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

I do not like or represent horror or thrillers or murder mysteries or most scary things. I also do not read holocaust stories. I think they're necessary, but I'm the wrong agent for them. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

When I open in April, I will be open ONLY to middle grade and young adult manuscripts. Please note that means I am NOT open to picture book submissions. They will be deleted unread. Sorry. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 19

When I open in April, as always, I encourage #ownvoices submissions of YA and MG by #POC and #LGBTQ+ I will not be open to picture book submissions. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Mar 11

So if someone has a feminist YA Purim retelling or a queer Vashti/Esther story (must be YA), definitely send it to me! Doesn't matter that I'm closed to queries right now. I want to see it! Submission guidelines are here: emeraldcityliterary.com/lindaepstein/ #MSWL #amwriting #WritingCommunity

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · Feb 13

I've got a #mswl! I'd LOVE to see a #middlegrade or #youngadult novel w/POC Jewish characters, preferably by an #ownvoices author. Although I'm not currently open to submissions I am open for that. Use my submission guidelines emeraldcityliterary.com/lindaepstein/ & ignore the auto response.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 26 Oct 2018

REMINDER: I'll be closed to queries after midnight EST October 31st. I'm currently open only to #YA by #ownvoices & #POC authors & I'm looking for realistic contemporary; magical realism; SciFi; speculative fiction; romantic; feminist; or Jewish. #mswl #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 2 Oct 2018

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein

What I don't want? Scary stories. Violent stories. Stories about politics. Sexist stories (no, duh.) Super depressing stories. Hopeless stories. Didactic stories. #MSWL

As we all know, the personal is political. So when I say I don't want stories "about politics" I don't mean no political stories. I mean I don't want stories about governments rising/falling & secret plots & stuff. Enough drama in real life in that arena for me, thanks. #mswl