The Directory of Literary Agents
7 Insider Secrets to Get a Top Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal
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Literary Agent Directory
Important: Visit each agent’s website (links in their listings below) to see if they’re open to submissions before querying.
Tara Gelsomino is a literary agent with and the founder of the One Track Literary Agency. 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.
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; and advising and advocating for authors and providing general career guidance
A member of RWA, 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.
This literary agent represents:
FICTION: Chick Lit * Commercial * Contemporary * Humor Fiction * Mystery * Romance * Satire * Suspense * Thriller * Upmarket Fiction * Women’s Fiction * Young Adult Fiction *
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