Linda Epstein


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 · 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

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 5 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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 · 4 Jan 2018

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