So this is how it goes for a writer...or at least for me...I guess I can't speak for every writer. So let's start over. This is how it goes for me.
I submit a story to a publisher. It's either a publisher I already have a relationship with or one I'm trying to get published with. I follow their submission guidelines.
They tell me how long it's going to take to get a response.
I write trying to ignore the time going by. Or at least I pretend I'm ignoring it. Because what I am doing is actually stalking my inbox.
All day long I check. If my e-mail dings on my phone I jump to check it. I cannot leave my Inbox alone. It becomes a huge problem.
What do you do when you're waiting for something?