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 · 7 Dec 2019

Obviously don't send me the kind of manuscripts I've explicitly said I don't like. But if you have a manuscript that you think I would like, but I didn't say so? You have nothing to lose by querying me. I don't bite (mostly). #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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Is it possible for a #YA mystery to be not scary or spooky or have a murder in it? Maybe even funny? I'd like to read that. A story where I'm trying hard to figure out who done something (nonviolent). #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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I get a lot of Ashkenazi Conservative/Orthodox submissions, which is FINE but send me #mg & #YA novels with casual Judaism too & w/all kinds of representation like Jewish people of color; Sephardim; Mizrahi; Reconstructionist & reform; non-affiliated or practicing; atheist. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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I probably don't need to say this, but I will: I want ALL THE QUEER THINGS™️in both #MG and #YA Realistic contemporary, historical, speculative fiction, light fantasy, light scifi, mystery, romance, etc... #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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Is it possible to have a #MG or #YA story about a popular kid where that's ok? I know so many of us book people felt like oddballs as kids, but what about a popular kid who's not a jerk, not getting bullied, not mean? Things HAPPEN to everyone. We all have challenges. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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I'd love to see a #mg or #YA novel with art & art museums or something historical including artists. Like Girl w/a Pearl Earring for kids or something like that? Something at the British Museum? The Louvre? Wouldn't that be awesome? #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

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Don't send me WW2 stories, or war stories in general. I work hard to take care of my mental health & our real world is so full of horrors, it's challenging. I know those books are important but they're not for me. There are many other agents to query with them. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

I'm the wrong agent for "dark & gritty" or "scary & twisted" or any other 2 words you can put together that basically mean those same things. 😊The good news is that you can send those queries to @MandyHubbard & @GarrettAlwert at @EmeraldCityLit #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

I've asked for this before, but I'm DYING for a #YA or #MG novel set in the Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai, preferably written by someone who's connected w/that history. It's the only kind of WW2 novel I want to read, tbh. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

I'd love a realistic contemporary #MG adventure featuring African American kids. Like, I REALLY want to read that. Something fun & lighthearted & exciting! #ownvoices #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

Is it possible for a #mg novel to be both high concept AND literary? If so, I want THAT. Something with a BIG hook but also beautifully written, complex characters, a story that will make me both LOL & weep. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 6 Dec 2019

I am particularly looking for realistic contemporary and romcom #YA from #POC. I want love stories (straight & not); sister or brother stories; stories about finding oneself or finding a best friend. I want to really feel the setting, too. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 24 Nov 2019

I loved The Farewell, and @awkwafina’s brilliant performance in it. I want more movies like that! And books, too. So if you’ve written a #YA manuscript like that? Make sure to send it my way. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 9 Nov 2019

Just finished Season 3 of #Atypical If you haven’t watched it, get on it! Funny, poignant, smart writing & wonderful acting. Really can’t recommend it enough. I’d love a YA with that same kind of fun but weirdly authentic and true vibe! #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 3 Nov 2019

The Beccadook @RebeccaPodos

@LindaEpstein I wish one for you 🙏🏼

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Thanks, friend! I'd LOVE to see a contemporary YA Jewish girls in (surprise!) love come into my inbox. Like, maybe neither one knows the other's queer? Or maybe at camp? Or something... #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

You know what else I want to see in YA submissions? Teens having safe consensual sex & enjoying it. Not only is that how it can be in a real teen's life but I think books should be modeling that behavior. And also, teens talking & advocating for that in their relationships. #MSWL

Linda Epstein @LindaEpstein · 29 Oct 2019

I like seeing a teen choose to go to work instead of to college in a YA & having it be the right choice for them. Everyone deserves to see themselves in a book & not going to college is the reality for many kids. It can totally be a happily ever after. #MSWL