So, I have an agent that wants to represent me with my food/health manuscript. She read my proposal and was sold, and we have talked over the phone. We have exchanged a few emails as well.
The issue is, she often sends me a single question - which I usually answer within an hour, usually with another question or need for input - after which I will not hear back her second response for two weeks or more.
My issue is that she originally said that I should plan to prepare to send out the proposal to major publishers in August. She asked for an additional chapter, which I wrote and sent back to her. One month later after no response, I sent her an email telling her that I had sent her the chapter and was awaiting feedback. Two weeks later (6 weeks after sending the additional chapter), she sent back some general comments which addressed within a week. It has now been ten days since sending that revision.
Despite our interaction she has yet to send me a formal agent contract, even though during our initial phone conversation she said she would be sending me the literary agent contract in the next day or two.
About a week ago I had another agent finally respond to my original proposal query (approximately four months after sending the query). This agent states that she is interested and is asking if I have yet found representation. I have sent her a generic reply but stated that I have not signed with an agent, yet she also has not responded.
Is it typical to have such long response times with an agent who is prepping to submit your proposal, or is my agent sounding not very motivated? I'm wanting to know if I should look into this second agent, or - since she also has yet to reply after a week - should I stick with my original, albeit unsigned agent? My concern is that should we sign with a publisher I will have questions I need quick answers to, and I won't be able to afford a two-week delay in the response.