Linda Epstein


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.

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Emerald City Literary Agency

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 5d

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 & 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

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

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

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

BUT, if you've got something in the same vein as say... Children of Blood and Bone! Or like... Six of Crows! I'M IN. I want to see that! #ownvoices #POC #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

And a reminder: I prefer speculative fiction to high fantasy & don’t usually like portal fantasy. Send me speculative fiction set in this world or almost this world. #POC #YA #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

Just so you all know though, in general I usually steer clear of Holocaust stories and/or other stories set during WW2. Shanghai Ghetto would be an exception for me. #ownvoices #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

Also, I know this is very specific, but I'm dying for a YA set in the Jewish ghetto in WW2 Shanghai. I've literally been thinking about this for years...If it's a love story, even better! #ownvoices #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Sep 2018

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein

I updated my #mswl page to give a sense of what I've been reading for my own pleasure... go take a look!

Some things I'd love to see come in to my inbox: How about a nice YA beach read? Something romantic & swoony without being sexist, misogynistic, stereotyping, etc... Something fun & funny & sexy! #ownvoices @POC #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 17 Apr 2018

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks

Don't forget, even when everything feels like it's on fire, the world still needs your playful rom-com novels about kissing. <3 #MSWL

Yes! What he said! Cuz I heard: The world is on fire but we still need your (and we mean all of you!) playful rom-com novels about (all race/gender/sexual orientation/ability) teenagers kissing! #mswl (and I know that's what you meant @ericsmithrocks)

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 14 Mar 2018

Stephanie Stein @stephlystein

Where is my YA witch book? #MSWL

Replying to @stephlystein

I'd LOVE a feminist, multicultural witch story... something working to topple the patriarchy, and extra points if it's LGBTQ! #mswl

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 7 Feb 2018

#MSWL Send me a #mglit or #YAlit story that reclaims women's/girls' voices in history. Not necessarily a rewrite/historical, although those are fine, too. Might be a side story to a larger plot.

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 2 Feb 2018

FYI I've currently responded to all properly submitted queries received before January 14th, as well as random others received since then. I'm only open to submissions for a little over 2 more weeks, before closing until summer. #querytip #amquerying #amsubmitting #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 16 Jan 2018

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 · 9 Jan 2018

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 · 9 Jan 2018

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 · 5 Jan 2018

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