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Agent Spotlight: Linda Epstein

This week's Agent Spotlight features Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency.
Status: Currently closed to submissions. Check her Twitter feed or the agency website to find out when she reopens to submissions. She periodically closes to submissions for months at a time. Update on 8/12/2021: Linda will reopen to submissions in the Fall 2021.
linda-epsteinAbout: “Linda is at the helm of the Emerald City Literary Agency east coast office. It’s still true that although she’s been a life-long New Yorker, her breath is taken away every time she views the New York City skyline. Besides being an agent, Linda also writes books for children and teens
"Linda represents picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as children’s nonfiction. She does not represent adult literature. Since joining the agency she has toyed with the idea of adding a G to the beginning of her name, but has come to the conclusion that she’s not exactly the good witch.
"Linda is currently open to chapter book, middle grade, and YA submissions. Please check Manuscript Wish List to see what kind of projects she is currently looking for.” (Link)
About the Agency:
"Emerald City Literary Agency is a boutique, full-service literary agency founded in Seattle, Washington– otherwise known as the Emerald City, hence the agency’s name. ECLA now has offices in both Seattle and New York.
"Our location isn’t the only reason we chose our name. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her new friends are in search of their greatest desires… and they head to The Emerald City to find them.
"The desire to be published might just be the biggest dream you can imagine. And if you found this website, then you must have something in common with Dorothy and her trio of new friends, because you’re on a journey to find someone who can grant your greatest wish.
"We want the chance to partner with you–to help you down the yellow brick road to the place of your dreams." (Link)
Web Presence:
Emerald City Literary Agency Website.
Publisher’s Marketplace page.
The Blabbermouth (blog). (Not currently posting on blog but has some useful information and links to interviews.)
What She's Looking For:
From Manuscript Wish List:"I represent children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction, as well as select nonfiction. I’m looking for quirky, offbeat stories, or stories we’ve heard before but that are told in a new way or with a unique slant or point of view. Some of the topics I’m interested in are: women’s issues, feminism, equality, diversity, GLBTQ stories, Jewish stories, the environment, climate change, history, the social sciences, and STEM topics. I’m eager to work with people of color and other authors who are under represented in publishing. Also, I don’t like to read super scary things."
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture Books, Horror
Editorial Agent?
Yes, as needed. See this post on her blog.
See a complete list of Ms. Epstein's clients on the agency website.
Query Methods: Currently closed to submissions.E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes. (Only.)
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query and the first 20 pages of your manuscript through her online form. No attachments.
Query only one agent at the agency at a time.
See the Emerald City Literary Agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
“With query letters, authors need to remember that a. it’s a business letter, they’re not writing to a pal, and b. if it’s too long, I stop reading. There are about a million places on the internet that give advice on how to write a good query, so they really have no excuse for not writing one.” (Link)
Related blog posts:
When Sending a Query: What to Include and What Not to Include (01/2012).
Hard Truth: Top 3 Reasons to Immediately Reject a Query (11/2011).
Response Times:
Interviews and Posts:
Featured Agent at 12 x 12 (09/2016)
Interview at I'm Here I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read? (04/2016)
Agent Spotlight: Linda P. Epstein at Kidlit411 (05/2015)
Q&A With Linda Epstein at Scribes & Scripts (05/2015)
7 Questions for Literary Agent Linda Epstein at Middle Grade Ninja (10/2013)
Literary Agent Interview at Writer's Digest (05/2013)
Member Monday: Meet Linda Epstein! at WNBA-NYC (01/2012).
Blog Stuff:
Ms. Epstein has an old blog called The Blabbermouth. There are a lot of posts that will give you insight into her preferences and agenting style. As always, I recommend reading through the archives.
Please see Emerald City Literary Agency's website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 5/2/20.
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/3/20.


Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com

Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


Rachel said...

I like how she says what she doesn't want. As I read her likes, I thought maybe my mss would be a good fit for her, and then I read what she doesn't want and oops, there was mine. :)It's good to know.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the spotlight Casey. And me too Rachel, I don't think she'd like what I'm working on. That's okay though. She sounds awesome for the right person.

Barbara Watson said...

Ooooo! Another great spotlight. My MG ms fits what she's looking for, so that's extra awesome.

Ciara said...

Great spotlight. It sounds like she is a promising agent.

Ann Finkelstein said...

Thanks for another great spotlight. This blog is such an important resource.

Rick said...

My first time here, but I love your interview style.

Lorre Lyons said...

Very informative. Thanks so much for the posting. It's nice to know what people are and are not in the market for. Writing seems to be easier than the process that takes place afterwards. This helps.

Romance Reader said...

Great spotlight and very informative. Thanks for all the links as well!

Beth said...

What a great background she has! I love the list of what she's looking for.

will1966 said...

Does anyone know if a "no" from one means a "no from all" at this agency?

Casey McCormick said...

Hi Will,

Their guidelines say, "Please do not query more than one agent at a time within the agency." To me, this suggests you can query more than one agent at the agency, just not simultaneously.

Good luck!

will1966 said...

Thanks, Casey!

M-E Girard said...

Here is a link to what Linda is looking for, as of today.