- Click Send/Receive in your email over and over and over again. Click it once more just to be sure.
- Double check to make sure your house phone has a dial tone and that your cell phone has signal bars. Check your voicemail to be sure no one has called in the last ten minutes.
- Wear out the grass between your front door and the mail box. Try to wait at least a full minute to run outside after the mail has been delivered. Wave at the friendly postal delivery person when she gives you a strange look. Every day.
- When you go out to get the mail, pray that one of your self-addressed stamped envelopes will be in the box, even though you know you really don’t want to see one of your self-addressed stamped envelopes in the box.
- Replace the carpet because of the circular hole you created while pacing in circles around the phone.
- Google. Google like crazy. Google the editor who has your manuscript. Google the writers with whom the editor has worked. Google interviews about the editor. Google the editor’s company history. Google pictures of agents and editors so you can envision them reading your work. Google until you find out the editor’s kid’s babysitter’s high school science project topics.
6 ½. If none of the above really works out for you, consider leaving all that submission stuff alone once it’s out there. Start a new writing project. Pour all that manic-crazy-waiting energy into new scenes and wonderful characters. Laugh about your frustrations with other writers in the trenches. Have a new manuscript well underway when you finally get some good news!