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agent, writer :
Linda Epstein
Emerald City Literary Agency

Linda is the eyes and ears of Emerald City Literary Agency in the east. Even though she’s a life-long New Yorker, her breath is still taken away every time she sees the New York City skyline. Besides being an agent, she’s also hard at work writing a middle grade novel and some picture books.

Before moving to Emerald City Literary Agency, Linda worked at Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency for 4 years.

Linda represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, and children’s nonfiction. She does not represent adult literature at all.

Linda blogs at and you can follow her on Twitter @lindaepstein.

years experience: 8
Writing, Copywriting, Fiction writing, Proofreading, Copy editing, Line-editing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing
Juvenile fiction, Children's books, GLBTQ
Tracy Banghart, Jenna Gavigan, M-E Girard, Ruth Horowitz, Bill Konigsberg, Susan Lubner, Joe McGee, Miriam McNamara, Jessica Rinker, Lisa Rosinsky, Natasha Sinel.
Bill Konigsberg's Openly Straight (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2013), The Porcupine of Truth (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic (2015), Honestly Ben (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic (2017).

Joe McGee's Peanut Butter and Brains (Abrams, 2015) and Peanut Butter and Aliens (Abrams, 2017), both illustrated by Charles Santoso.

M-E Girard's Girl Mans Up (HarperCollins, 2016).

Ruth Horowitz's ARE WE STILL FRIENDS? (Scholastic, 2017) illustrated by Blanca Gomez

Jessica Rinker's What Gloria Heard (Bloomsbury, 2018) illustrated by Daria Peoples.

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.

Please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis. For picture books, please include the full manuscript in the body of the email. No attachments.

You can see if Linda is currently open for submissions by looking at her Twitter bio or her blog.