One Track Literary Agency is a full-service boutique agency founded by Tara Gelsomino, a publishing industry veteran with more than twenty years of experience.
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.
Since opening One Track Literary in March 2018, Tara has licensed rights to dozens of print and audio publishers both domestically and internationally, including Berkley Publishing, The Dial Press, Avon Romance, Putnam Books, Harlequin, Audible, Blackstone Publishing, Brilliance Audio, Tantor Media, Recorded Books, Dreamscape Publishing, Penguin Random House Audio, Hachette/Headline Eternal (UK) and more. She has worked with various TV/film representatives and optioned film rights to Netflix. In 2022, OTLA celebrated a landmark year, brokering more than $1 million in deals for its clients.
She is also a member of the Association of American Literary Agents, serving on the digital media committee.
Throughout her career, she has accumulated extensive experience in:
creating, revising, and negotiating publishing contracts
providing in-depth editorial feedback, including developmental, line, and copy edits
designing attention-getting promotional, marketing, and social media campaigns
developing a strong network of publishing industry contacts across multiple formats and disciplines
advising and advocating for authors and providing general career guidance
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.
In addition to representing individual authors, One Track Literary licenses audio subrights for publishers and agencies
One Track Literary Agency is proud to partner with co-agents to represent our international and dramatic rights.