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 · 29 Oct 2019

I like books where regular kids & teens do amazing, larger than life things. I also like books about larger than life characters doing those things. In case it's not clear "regular kids" means ALL KINDS of kids. "Regular" doesn't mean default white/straight/able-bodied. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

I love to travel in real life and I love books set in other countries. As well as in other times and timelines. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

I like sassy, snappy dialogue (Think Gilmore Girls but also The West Wing or Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey). Make me LOL. I like the way @rainbowrowell @themackenzilee @billkonigsberg have their characters verbally spar. I like CLEVER but I don't mind an F-bomb either. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

I like sibling books & books that explore complicated family dynamics. I like books with imperfect parents & big, extended families & families of choice. (Also, I know that abuse is a sad & awful truth in some families but I'm the wrong agent for those books.) #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

In case it's not SUPER obvious, I like books w/feminist girls & boys in them. I like books that subvert expected gender roles & "norms" & with both strong girls & strong boys & leaving out toxic masculinity. I also like books that DON'T subvert expected gender roles/norms! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

Some things I'm a BAD match for: horror, thrillers, graphic violence on the page, the Holocaust... (For me it's self-care to avoid books with these themes). I also don't like most sports. This is like my anti-#MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

I love stories where the setting is almost a character in the story, where you can see it, feel it, smell it, taste it. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

Is it possible for a story to be sci-fi but not too sciencey? I want a YA set in space that's not fantasy but is also not super sciencey. Like, space is just the setting & the world-building doesn't feel intrusive & the story isn't necessarily about that. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

Something I VERY much want more of: submissions by Jewish people who aren't Ashkenazi! I want to see more stories by/about Jewish #POC, Sephardic, Mizrahi, & Ethiopian Jews. Love stories. Fantasy. SciFi. Humor. Historical. Non-scary mysteries. Literary. Bring 'em all! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

As I'm tweeting about my #MSWL I should probably reiterate that I'd like to see more ms w/Jewish characters by same & they definitely don't need to be religious (but can be). And although they're important, I'm the wrong agent for stories about the Holocaust. ✡️☮️❤️

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

You know what I really want to see in my inbox when I'm open to submissions 11/1-12/15/19? Super romantic, swoon-worthy & humorous YA in all genres (well, not horror or thrillers). I'd particularly LOVE to see stories by #POC & always welcome the full spectrum of #LGBTQIA #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

Since my 1st book sale as a new agent I've wanted & sold ALL THE GAY THINGS. 🌈🦄 And I still do! One of my greatest joys is repping the #LGBTQ+ community. Please send me all genres repping the full rainbow when I'm open to submissions 11/1-12/15/19. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

Just finished re-reading @rainbowrowell's Wayward Son & reading Carry On & may I just say "Crowley!" 😍🥰🧙🏽‍♀️🧛🏽‍♂️I love that world, the sense of humor, the yearning. You got something w/those elements, magical or not? Send it my way when I'm open to queries. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 24 Jun 2019

Jessica Russak-Hoffman @HoffmanJess

@LindaEpstein Staying open to Jewish YA in case I have anything to send you while you're closed?

Replying to @HoffmanJess

I'll be closed to all submissions except for two very specific things I've been looking for for years:
1. a queer feminist re-telling of the Book of Esther
2. a MG or YA set in the Shanghai ghetto (Hongkou)
#MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 28 May 2019

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 · 1 Apr 2019

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 · 1 Apr 2019

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

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