Tara Gelsomino

One Track Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

A 2o-year veteran of the publishing industry, I launched One Track Literary Agency in April 2018.

I'm a genre fiction fan that loves competent, confident, capable heroines and female-centric stories. Currently, I'm seeking completed works with vibrant, fresh voices in these genres: romance (especially romantic comedies), women's fiction with fresh hooks, thrillers and psychological suspense (amateur sleuths are fine but not domestic/hobbyist cozies), and contemporary young adult. (Note: I am not the best fit for fantasy, though realistic sci-fi/dystopian is fine.)

I'm seeking to work with dedicated authors who want to craft a career in publishing, not just sell a book. As an editorial agent, I will work with you to polish your manuscript to the best possible version before going out on submission. I purposely choose to have a small, selective list of clients so I can be a full service agent and maintain transparent and frequent communication with them.

Fun facts about me:

Previously, I was the executive editor of the digital imprint Crimson Romance at Simon and Schuster, an acquisitions editor then the marketing manager at BBC Audiobooks America/AudioGO, and the managing editor of Romantic Times magazine. I also love Broadway musicals, knitting, and my rescue dog, Yoda.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to Please use Query Manager link below

I accept electronic submissions only of unpublished completed manuscripts, via Query Manager at http://queryme.online/OTLA. Please submit a query letter, full synopsis detailing both plot and emotional turning points, and the first three chapters of your work using their forms.

Turnaround time on submissions is generally four to six weeks. Please feel free to inquire again after that point to follow up.

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.

Novels should not generally exceed 100,000 words. No previously published works.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, mystery
I'd like the next...

Jennifer Crusie-style rom com.

My favorites include...

Favorite books: Anything by Jennifer Crusie, A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant, The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, In the Woods by Tana French, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Favorite TV shows: Killing Eve, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Sweet/Vicious, Veronica Mars, The 100, Veep, Battlestar Galactica (except the finale)

Favorite movies: The Prestige, Heathers, Some Kind of Wonderful, His Gal Friday, While You Were Sleeping, The Cutting Edge, Forrest Gump, Pitch Perfect, Bring it On, When Harry Met Sally

All-time OTP: Kara and Lee from Battlestar Galactica

Likes: HUMOR; smart, fast, witty banter; women who take charge and know their own worth; gender flips and role reversals; characters with agency; mysteries with lots of clues, codes, or scavenger hunt-type storylines; strong internal rather than external conflict; familiar tropes with fresh twists

Dislikes: Insecure, weak-willed heroines; arrogantly obnoxious heroes (alpha heroes aren't generally my bag); characters who navelgaze for entire scenes/chapters;  infodumping; exorbitant amounts of description; first-person POV that's just an excuse to let a character ramble/go on a lot of tangents; instalove; conflicts that only stem from a character's fear


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