I signed with my agent over 2 months ago and was promised a submission plan upon signing. That hasn't happened and when I asked I found out she hasn't even read the manuscripts. Just a chunks of each. She said she's been too busy to read them fully and in order to sub she needed to read. Since then she's been either unresponsive or vague with any questions I have.
Now, I completely understand you awesome agents are way busy, but is any of this normal? Plus, I mentioned to her my the current book I'm writing and get nothing more than "sorry, too busy".
I'm VERY perplexed here. How is that you signed with an agent who has not read your book? The only time that happens here is when the project is non-fiction. And when that happens, the author has written a proposal of some sort, and I've read the proposal. Often times we've worked on the proposal for some time before we make the next step to representation.
So, now that you have an agent who hasn't read your book and isn't sending it on submission because she hasn't read it, what do you have?
Well, you've got a big barricade on your path to publication.
Agents are supposed to get rid of barricades not create them.
Yea we're all busy, who isn't, but in fact, if you prioritize your work (as we all do) the thing that gets TOP priority in my case are these: contracts, submissions, follow up on submissions.
In other words, the things that are most likely to put money in the coffers sooner rather than later.
That's why queries aren't my top priority unless they've stacked up to the point they interfere with my peace of mind. Same with requested fulls.
That's why clients on editorial deadline trump clients with manuscripts that aren't on deadline.
That's why I try to read things only once.
So, now you have an agent who hasn't read your work, and hasn't given you any sense of why other than she's too busy. Busy doing what?
Since I don't know the specifics of your situation, I'm not going to tell you what to do. I will say this: I've never signed a client without reading his/her novel.
Hell, half the fun of this job is the thrill of finding a great book and then getting to talk about it to people. Without that, the job is warranty clauses and reconciling royalty statements. Blrggg!