Linda Epstein

Linda Epstein – Editor

Literary Agent and Developmental Editor (contemporary/historical/literary fiction, romcom, speculative/SFF, BIPOC, LGBTQ+). Query help, too!

Overview

Hi, I'm Linda (she/her). As a literary agent for over a dozen years I've excelled at developmentally editing my client's work and I'm proud to have worked on many books by Bill Konigsberg, Sarah Suk, M-E Girard, and others, both editorially and bringing them to market. I'm particularly passionate about getting books by marginalized writers onto bookstore shelves. I love working directly with writers so I teach online novel writing courses. As if all of that wasn't enough, I'm also the author of the middle grade novel, Repairing the World (Simon & Schuster, 2022) and co-author of the adult novel, The Other March Sisters (Kensington, 2025).


As someone who wears both hats––publishing professional and author––I know what it takes to get your manuscript in the best shape it can be. If you want honest, direct feedback from someone who is caring and compassionate, I'm the editor for you. I offer manuscript assessments, developmental editing (with and without margin notes), and editing of query letters. I have read thousands of query letters in my work as a literary agent, and I can help you make your query letter shine.

Services
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Time Travel
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2023 — Present

I specialize in editing contemporary and historical fiction, literary fiction, romcoms, fantasy, speculative and science fiction. Areas of interest include BIPOC, Jewish, neurodiverse, and LGBTQ+. I provide manuscript assessments and do developmental editing (with or without margin notes), as well as query letter editing.

Emerald City Literary Agency

Mar, 2016 — Present

I represent a list of clients writing everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, helping them develop their manuscripts from idea through publication, including brainstorming, developmental editing, revising, and line editing, in preparation for submitting to publishers. As an agent I've read thousands of queries, reviewing and evaluating the work of the authors seeking representation.

Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

Nov, 2011 — Mar, 2016 (over 4 years)

I represented a list of clients writing everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, working with clients on their manuscripts from idea through publication.

Highlights Foundation

Jun, 2018 — Present

I develop and teach online and in-person courses on novel writing and publishing. I also created and facilitated a yearly Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature and organized and led follow up writing retreats.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
Made in Korea

Suk, Sarah

Developmental Editing
The Bridge

Bill Konigsberg

Developmental Editing
Openly Straight

Konigsberg, Bill

Developmental Editing
Dozens of Doughnuts

Finison, Carrie

The Porcupine of Truth

Konigsberg, Bill

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Girl Mans Up

Girard, M-E

Developmental Editing
Destination Unknown

Konigsberg, Bill

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
The Fix

Sinel, Natasha

Developmental Editing
Soulstruck

Sinel, Natasha

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing

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Vanessa B.

Vanessa B.

Mar, 2024

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Linda was awesome. She was professional, insightful, realistic, and full of great advice. She is also very personable and enthusiastic about working with writers, and I look forward to working with her again!
Linda E.
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was fabulous working with you and talking about your manuscript. Looking forward to more conversation. :-)
Jeannie C.

Jeannie C.

Feb, 2024

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It was wonderful working with Linda. She provided an overview of her thoughts as well as line editing of the first 15 pages. I found her feedback to be encouraging as well as helpful. She raised insightful questions, which have allowed me to be make some pointed edits. I feel my story has benefitted greatly by her review.
Linda E.
Thank you for such a lovely review, Jeannie! I'm really committed to making a difference for people in general, and writers in particular, so I'm glad you found my assessment and edits useful and e...
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Marissa A.

Marissa A.

Jun, 2024

Linda’s Editorial Assessment and her follow up were incredibly thorough and helped guide me as I figure out the next rewrite. Her feedback was fair, supportive and exactly what I needed to get unstuck. Thank you Linda!!
Linda E.
Oh thanks, Marissa! Delighted I made a difference for you.

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