Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Tara Gelsomino of One Track Literary

Tara Gelsomino is a literary agent and founder of One Track Literary.

One Track Literary is currently seeking completed works with vibrant, fresh voices in these genres: romance (especially romantic comedies), women’s fiction with fresh hooks, thrillers and psychological suspense (no cozy mysteries please), and contemporary young adult.

(Note: I am not the best fit for paranormal and fantasy, though futuristic/sci-fi/dystopian is fine.)

Special preferences include (but are not limited to) these dynamics and elements:

  • confident, competent, and complicated heroines
  • humorous beta heroes
  • smart and snappy banter
  • feminist themes
  • gender-role reversals
  • slow burn relationships
  • Own voices stories are especially welcome.

A voracious genre reader since childhood, Tara began her publishing industry career at Romantic Times magazine in 1998 as a writer/editor then managing editor, before transitioning to audiobook publishing in 2005 with BBC Audiobooks America as managing editor, acquisitions editor, and executive marketing manager. During her time with BBCAA, she also spearheaded creating and publishing the first crowd-sourced audiobooks via Twitter with renowned bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Meg Cabot. (Despite not having the correctly shaped head to pull it off, she has indeed worn many hats.)​

In 2013, she returned to her romance roots as the Executive Editor of Crimson Romance, a digital-first imprint for F+W Media and later Simon & Schuster, where she acquired and published more than 300 titles by new and up-and-coming authors. Her proudest achievements at Crimson include leading the imprint to become the largest romance publisher of own voices titles, with nearly 30 percent of its 2017 books by authors of color (per The Ripped Bodice’s Diversity in Romance report), and conceiving, editing, and publishing Snow Falling, the TV tie-in romance novel for the Peabody Award-winning CW show, Jane the Virgin.​

Tara lives in Rhode Island with her husband and her rescue dog, Yoda. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys watching too much television, buying yarn (and occasionally even knitting it), seeing Broadway musicals, and traveling to new places.

 

 

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