Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Nadia Ali @NadiaAwriter

@LindaEpstein Hi Linda, another picture book question. What is your sweetspot for wordcounts for PB fiction and PB non fiction? Thanks. #askLindalitagent
Replying to @NadiaAwriter

I think PB fiction works best in the 500 word +/- range but there are always exceptions to that guideline. Non fiction really depends upon what age group the subject matter is for & how much extra material is included (side bars & whatnot).

Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Nadia Ali @NadiaAwriter

@LindaEpstein Hi Linda, when you re-open will you be accepting PB submissions? If so, what is likely to be on your wishlist? Thanks. #askLindalitagent
Replying to @NadiaAwriter

I wish I could answer this better but I really don't know when I will re-open & I don't know if I'll be accepting PB submissions, but when I do & if I am I will definitely be looking for ms from BIPOC writers. Other than that I can't say.

Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Tim Chapman @RealTimChapman

@LindaEpstein Thank you for this! I recently finished a middle or upper-middle grade contemporary but am nervous about swearing issues. What kind and amount of swearing is acceptable? #askLindalitagent
Replying to @RealTimChapman

I mean, nothing is definitive of course, but I'd say no F bombs for sure, or anything stronger than heck/hell, darn/damn. It doesn't matter what language someone that age might really use it's more about that middle grade readers are 8-12 years old so, you know...

Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Riv Begun רבקה בגון @BegunRiv

@LindaEpstein Hi! Thank you for opening up your account for questions.

Does it make a difference to agents if you're in the same country as them?

Asking because I'm in Switzerland and most agencies are not here...
Replying to @BegunRiv

Some agents might care only because if you're selling to the US market & live elsewhere it could be more difficult for you to promote your work (in more normal times) in person. I have clients in Europe, Australia, & North America though so 🤷🏻‍♀️

Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
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Linda ~washing hands~ Epstein @LindaEpstein

@sarah_aronson #askLindalitagent
There's really no way for anyone to know how books will be changed by Covid, unless we could see into the future, because we don't know what the world will look like on the other side of this, right?
Replying to @LindaEpstein

#askLindalitagent
With publishing folks WFH some things are slower than usual, even for publishing. Others (editor response times!) seem to be a little quicker? I think publishers will be more cautious about what they take on. I think digital only ARCs might be a thing.

Linda Epstein (she/her 🏳️‍🌈)
@LindaEpstein
Literary Agent
Agent @EmeraldCityLit ; Author of Repairing the World (S&S 2022); re: a small collection of poems; @NewSchoolWrites MFA alum; Repped by @renarossner
169 MSWL
81 AskAgent
63 Queries
52 Tips