Linda Epstein, Agent


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 manuscripts of her own.

Some of Linda’s clients include Bill Konigsberg, the Lambda, Stonewall and Pen Center USA awards-winning author of Openly Straight, The Porcupine of TruthHonestly Ben and the forthcoming The Music of What Happens (2018); Joe McGee, author of the zombie picture books Peanut Butter and Brains and Peanut Butter and Aliens; M-E Girard, the Lambda Literary award winning author of Girl Mans Up; J.M. Rinker, author of the forthcoming picture book biography of Gloria Steinem What Gloria Heard (2019), Lisa Rosinsky, author of the forthcoming Inevitable and Only (2017); Natasha Sinel, author of The Fix and the forthcoming Soulstruck (2018); Ruth Horowitz, award winning author of Crab Moon and Are We Still Friends?; Miriam McNamaraauthor of the forthcoming The Unbinding of Mary Reade (2017) and Winging It (2018), as well as other wonderful children’s literature authors. (Full list here.)

Linda represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as children’s nonfiction. She does not represent adult literature at all. Since joining the agency she has toyed with the idea of adding a G to the beginning of her name, but hasn’t embraced the idea of being a good witch yet.

The archive of Linda’s former blog,, will give you a good sense of who she is, and you can follow her on Facebook. She’s mostly off Twitter now, but check out @lindaepstein for the occasional tweet.

Linda is currently CLOSED to unsolicited submissions. Check her top pinned tweet on Twitter to see when she’s open.

Query guidelines:  Send a short query letter to Tell me a little bit about your manuscript and a little bit about you,  not more than one page long. Include the first 20 pages of your manuscript in the body of the email, following your query. If you’re sending a picture book, please include the full text of the manuscript in the body of the email. Do not send any attachments.