I sent a manuscript out to a publisher (who shall remain nameless, NOT Avalon) last October and I'm waiting for the verdict. The editor had asked to see my work, but alas, that was not enough to leap-frog me over other more pressing matters on the editor's desk. I keep in touch with an e-mail every couple of months and have been assured by an assistant that the manuscript did arrive and is being considered. The writing world is very busy; there are many manuscripts waiting, etc., etc.
So I'm waiting.
We do a fair amount of waiting in our role as Writer. Waiting for a response to correspondence. Waiting for our computer to boot up. Waiting for a viable idea to form. Waiting to see the new cover. Waiting for the book to show up on store shelves. Waiting for an advance check. Yes, indeed. Waiting is part of our business.
What working writers learn very quickly is that the waiting had better take the form of "Actively Waiting" or you won't make much progress on your manuscript or your career.
While I wait for one publisher, I'm crafting query letters to others. While I wait to hear about the fate of one novel, the next novel is under construction. While I'm waiting for the book to show up on the shelves, I'm doing some local marketing for that book. While I'm waiting for an idea to form for one character, I'm mapping out another's personality and foibles.
You want to make some headway in this crazy writing business? Well, get to it! Hurry up...and Wait!