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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 19 Mar 2019

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 · 11 Mar 2019

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 · 13 Feb 2019

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

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! manuscriptwishlist.com

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