Dear Husbad asks me almost daily: 'Have you heard from your agent? What's happening?'
The answers are usually: 'no' and 'lots'. Nathan Bransford explains why, far better than I ever could here.
I know my novel has been submitted. Via my agent I have answered one question from an editor (a procedural question that implied neither approval or disapproval). So I know it's out there. I know it's being read. Now I just have to wait and it could be for a long, long time... Pull up a chair!