I sent query letters to the The Literary Group www.theliterarygroup.com and William Clark Associates for a nonfiction book I am writing. They both expressed interest immediately and got back to me within 2 days asking for a book proposal and sample chapters.
I researched both and The Literary Group has been bashed pretty bad on this site, and was put on the Beware list. However, they have a ton of success stories like Flag of Our Fathers and other bestsellers. William Clark is a reputable firm based on my background check, however, his track record is mildly successful when compared to the lit group.
1) What would you, my fellow writers, do?
2) This is my first time dealing w/ agents, I am reading up on this, but would also welcome advice for the protocol when two or more agents are interested in your proposal. In Mr. Clark's email to me he mentions: "
I prefer to read material on an exclusive basis, and return the courtesy by agreeing to consider your work in a timely manner."
The Lit Group hasn't said anything about exclusivity on the other hand. Should I send it to Wm Clark, and tell him I will await his response and put Lit Group on hold? or vice versa? Or should I send each one a proposal and then if they happen to both be interested, odds of that are pretty long, however I could just wait and compare proposals and negotiate the best deal?
Sorry for ramblin'