Full Agent Profile: Farley Chase


Farley Chase

Chase Literary Agency

Literary Fiction | Commercial Fiction | Humor/Satire | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense | Offbeat/Quirky | Graphic Novels

History | Sports | Celebrity | Biography | Food & Lifestyle | Politics | Science | How-To | Drama/Music | Multi-Cultural | Self-Help | Cookbooks | Memoirs | Adventure/True Story | Current Affairs | Business | Pop Culture | Narrative | Finance | Psychology | Health & Fitness | Nature/Ecology | Pets | Military | Photography | Film & Entertainment | Cultural/Social Issues | Technology | Humor | Journalism | Home/Design | Gift Books

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    • I founded Chase Literary Agency after working for eight years at the Waxman Literary Agency. I’ve worked at The New Yorker, The New Press, and as an editor at Talk Miramax Books.
    • Over my more than 12 years as a literary agent I’ve been fortunate to work with New York Times Bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Olympic Gold Medalists, members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Members of Congress.
    • I take a deliberate and editorially-minded approach to content and I work with authors closely to prepare material for submission and throughout the publishing process.
    • I’m keenly interested in fiction - whether literary or commercial, contemporary or historical – anything with a strong sense of place, voice, and, especially, plot. I don’t handle science fiction, romance, supernatural or young adult.
    • I'm just as interested in narrative nonfiction, especially in history, memoir, journalism, natural science, military history, sports, pop culture, and humor.
    • I also handle visually-driven and illustrated books. Whether they involve photography, comics, illustrations, or art I’m taken by creative storytelling with visual elements.
    • YA, Mysteries, Fantasy, Historical or Romance fiction.

    • *THE GROUND: The Life, Death, and Future of the Land Beneath Our Feet (Little, Brown), by Paul Bogard
    • *A MOST REMARKABLE CREATURE: In Search of the Caracaras (Knopf), by Jonathan Meiburg
    • *FOR CIVILIZATION: The Americans Who Volunteered to Fight and Die for France in World War I, by David Hanna (Regnery History)
    • *THE BONANZA KING: John W. Mackay, Virginia City, and the Fight for the Mighty Comstock Lode, 1859-1883 by Gregory Crouch (Scribner)
    • *THE PATH OF TOTALITY: A Social History of Solar Eclipses by Dr. Tyler Nordgren (Basic)
    • *TAILS FROM THE BOOTH, by Lynn Terry (Gallery)
    • *HAIL TO THE REDSKINS: Gibbs, Riggins, The Hogs, and the Making of a Football Dynasty by Adam Lazarus (Morrow)
    • *THE MATHEWS MEN: A Tiny Seafaring Community's War against Hitler's U-boats, by Bill Geroux (Viking)
    • *NO BETTER FRIEND: One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII, by Robert Weintraub (Little, Brown)
    • *THE ART OF AMERICAN WHISKEY, by Noah Rothbaum (Ten Speed)
    • *THE YUCS: Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in the NFL, by Jason Vuic (S&S)
    • *DEAD PRESIDENTS: An American Adventure, by Brady Carlson (Norton)
    • *FINDING NORTH: A Journey Into the Ancient Heart of Navigation by George Foy (Flatiron)
    • *NO SHORE, A Nick Finn novel, by Alexander Gilly (Forge)
    • *DEVIL IN THE GROVE: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, by Gilbert King (Harper)(Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, NYT Bestseller)
    • *THE EXECUTION OF WILLIE FRANCIS: Race, Murder and the Search fo Justice in the American South, by Gilbert King (Basic)
    • *THE END OF NIGHT: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown) by Paul Bogard
    • *GUTS & GLORY,: The US Civil War (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) by Ben Thompson, a three book middle grade history series
    • *TWELVE DESPERATE MILES: The Epic WWII Voyage of the SS Contessa, by Tim Brady (Broadway)
    • *A DEATH AT SAN PIETRO: The Untold Story of Ernie Pyle, John Huston, and the Fight for Purple Heart Valley, by Tim Brady (Da Capo)
    • *HOPE AGAINST HOPE: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children, by Sarah Carr (Bloomsbury)
    • *SHOCK VALUE: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror (Penguin Press) by Jason Zinoman
    • *WORDS TO EAT BY: Five Foods and a Culinary History of the English Language (St. Martin's) by Ina Lipkowitz
    • *PITCH PERFECT: The Quest of Collegiate A Cappella Glory (Gotham), by Mickey Rapkin (Adapted into the Major Motion Picture: PITCH PERFECT)
    • *THEATER GEEK: Behind the Scenes of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor (Free Press) by Mickey Rapkin
    • *THE AGE OF AUTISM: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic (Thomas Dunne Books) by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
    • *KID CAROLINA: RJ Reynolds, Jr., A Tobacco Fortune, and the Mysterious Death of a Southern Icon (Center St.) By Heidi Schnakenberg
    • *THE FIGHTING 69TH: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey From Ground Zero to Baghdad (Viking) - Sean Michael Flynn
    • MEMOIR:
    • *HEADS IN BEDS: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality (Doubleday) - Jacob Tomsky (NYT Bestseller)
    • *WAITER RANT: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter (Ecco) - The Waiter (NYT BESTSELLER)
    • *KEEP THE CHANGE: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Becoming the Guru of Gratuity (Ecco) by Steve Dublanica
    • *747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation (Smithsonian) by Joe Sutter, with Jay Spenser
    • *LEARNING TO FLY: A Climber's Unlikely and Ecstatic Embrace of the Extreme World of BASE Jumping (Touchstone) by Steph Davis
    • *I'M WITH FATTY: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks (Weinstein Co.) by Edward Ugel
    • *THE LONG RUN: One Man's Attempt to Regain His Athletic Career-And His Life-by Running the New York City Marathon (Rodale) by Matt Long and Charlie Butler
    • *GONVILLE, a memoir (Free Press) by Peter Birkenhead
    • * TO BURGUNDY AND BACK AGAIN: A Tale of Wine, France, and Brotherhood (Lyons Press) by Roy Cloud
    • SPORTS:
    • *THE MAGNIFICENT MASTERS: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta, by Gil Capps (Da Capo)
    • *THE VICTORY SEASON: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age, by Robert Weintraub (Little, Brown)
    • *THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 (Little, Brown) by Robert Weintraub
    • *FLIP FLOP FLYBALL: An Infographic Baseball Adventure (Bloomsbury) by Craig Robinson
    • *AT THE FIGHTS: American Writers on Boxing (Library of America) edited by George Kimball and John Schulian
    • *NO LIMITS: The Will to Succeed (Free Press) by Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson
    • *THE ART OF THE SWING: Short Game Swing Sequencing Secrets That Will Improve Your Total Game in 30 Days (Gotham) by Stan Utley with Matthew Rudy
    • *THE ART OF SCORING: The Ultimate On-Course Guide to Short Game Strategy and Technique (Gotham) by Stan Utley with Matthew Rudy
    • *CLEARING THE BASES: Juiced Players, Monster Salaries, Sham Records, and a Hall of Famer's Search for the Soul of Baseball(HarperCollins) by Mike Schmidt, with Glen Waggoner
    • * WILLIE'S BOYS: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, The Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend (Wiley) by John Klima
    • *FOUR KINGS: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing (McBooks), by George Kimball
    • *BATTING STANCE GUY: A Love Letter to Baseball (Scribner) by Gar Ryness and Caleb Dewart
    • FICTION:
    • *THE BADLANDS SALOON, an illustrated novel (Scribner) by Jonathan Twingley
    • *BONE DOGS, a novel (Counterpoint) by Roger Alan Skipper
    • *THE BAPTISM OF BILLY BEAN, a novel (Counterpoint) by Roger Alan Skipper
    • *TEAR DOWN THE MOUNTAIN: An Appalachian Love Story (Soft Skull) by Roger Alan Skipper
    • *MY COUNTRY: 50 Musicians on God, America & the Songs They Love (Rodale) by Melanie Dunea
    • *MY LAST SUPPER: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals (Bloomsbury) by Melanie Dunea
    • *RESCUE TAILS: Portraits of Dogs and Their Celebrities (Gallery), by Brian Nice
    • HUMOR:
    • *BADASS: Birth of a Legend, A Righteous Smiting of the Most Epic Gods, Heroes, Monsters, Myths, and Fictional Characters Ever Created (Harper) by Ben Thompson
    • *BADASS: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (Harper) by Ben Thompson
    • *CAUSING A SCENE: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere (Morrow) by Charlie Todd and Alex Scordelis
    • *STUPID WARS:A Citizen's Handbook to Botches Putsches, Failed Coups, Inane Invasions and Ridiculous Revolutions (Collins) - Michael Prince and Ed Strosser
    • Graduate of Macalester College