What should you expect from your literary agent during the submission process to editors? Should you at some point receive a list of who they submitted to and any feedback/rejections from publishers, or should you expect to hear nothing from them (however long that is) until they receive an offer (if they do)?
How and what you want to hear is up to you. My default practice is to send the submission list with ms status about once a month. I send it on a spread sheet attached to an email. What clients do with it after that is up to them.
In the example above, (any editor comment) is where I cut and paste the editor's email about the ms in the db for the author.
However. This is something you can and should talk to YOUR agent about. If you want to be informed weekly, say so. If you don't want the rejection letters from editors, say so.
Here's the downside to sending submission stats to authors: often it means they want to go over each and every editor, discussing pros cons etc. DO NOT DO THIS unless you are starting to suspect your agent is an idiot.
I'm very willing to discuss submissions with my clients, don't get me wrong, but it's very easy to get
caught up in analysis and let the actual agenting work slide: getting on the phone, making calls, making sales.