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agent, writer :
Linda Epstein
The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Linda Epstein joined the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency as an Associate Agent in 2011. Before that she read manuscripts, book proposals, and queries at Folio Literary Management; was Submissions Manager at The McVeigh Agency; did a short stint at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and a longer stint at Meryl Zegarek Public Relations. Prior to that she was Community Relations Manager at Barnes and Noble, where she set up author readings and signings and organized book groups and book fairs. Linda is an active member of the New York chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. She graduated from Buffalo University with a BA in English and Environmental Studies and went on for graduate work in Creative Writing at Temple University. She also has a BSN from New York University. Linda is a member of SCBWI and speaks frequently at writing conferences and retreats all over the country. She runs the Writing Yoga Writing Retreat each summer in Long Island, NY.

years experience: 6
Writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing, Proofreading, Copy editing, Line-editing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing
General fiction, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, GLBTQ
Bill Konigsberg, Ruth Horowitz, Joe McGee, Susan Lubner, Roni Schotter
Lambda Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg's OPENLY STRAIGHT, a humorous, touching coming-out-again story that will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch a sixteen-year-old well-adjusted, well-liked gay kid from Boulder who decides to transfer to an all-boys boarding school in New England and go back into the closet and start over with a clean slate (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2013).
THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH, a humorous novel about two disconnected teens who become unlikely allies on a cross-country quest to solve a 30-year-old family mystery (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic (2015) again to Cheryl Klein.

Debut author Joe McGee's PEANUT BUTTER AND BRAINS, a picture book about a zombie who'd rather have a PBJ than eat brains, to Tamar Brazis at Abrams Children's (2015).

Award winning author Ruth Horowitz's BEES IN THE TREES, a picture book about an apple grower and a beekeeper, and a misunderstanding that escalates into a feud, to Tracy Mack at Scholastic (2016).

Author of the haunted tattoo novel INK, Damien Walters Grintalis's untitled collection of speculative short fiction, to Jason Sizemore at Apex (2014).

Linda accepts e-mail queries ONLY. To send a submission, send an e-mail to and put "Query" plus the title of your manuscript in the subject line. No attachments except for non-fiction book proposals.

For queries regarding children's and adult fiction, please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

Currently closed to memoir, narrative nonfiction, and nonfiction.