As a creator, you have to be prepared to do one thing, and one thing only:
Waiting is simultaneously the easiest thing in the world to do, as well as the most difficult. To be technical about it, waiting sucks, and you have to be prepared for it.
Generally, I’m talking about submissions. When you submit to a company, you’re not going to get an automatic answer. That generally never happens. Over at ComixTribe, when we get in a submission, we talk about it, going over the merits of the submission, and then we decide on it. That decision can come in a few minutes or a few days. (We do understand about submitting, though, and we want to get answers out to creators as soon as possible.)
The easiest way to mitigate the waiting is to create. Just go create another property, or work on the next issue of the property you submitted, or go look for other work. Try your hand at another skill. Go read a book, or research, or do whatever else that will help you to get over the hump as you wait for a response.
What you don’t want to do is to is lash out over a lack of a response, either real or perceived. You aren’t owed anything. You’re the one who’s trying to get something off the ground, and as such, lashing out at anything or anyone isn’t your place.
I understand that waiting is nerve-wracking. It’s one of those things that you can’t do anything about. Just use that energy in a different, constructive way.
I’ll tell you what some editors/publishers will do: they’ll research you, especially if they’re interested in saying “yes.” If you lash out online somewhere, they could conceivably find out about it, and you could screw yourself out of the gig, whatever it is. Why could that screw you out of a job? Because we want to know if you’re going to be worth the trouble. Put another way: does your attitude match your talent level?
When you submit to a company, it’s like asking for a date. The person you’re looking to date will then start asking around about you, seeing if their friends know anything about you. A good report could mean you get the date. A bad report could mean you don’t get the date, and then you’ll have to start all over again, and you’ll have no one but yourself to blame.
If you can’t wait gracefully, at least be smart about it. Don’t lash out in public. Don’t post your frustrations on social media, or on your blog, or anyplace that’s searchable. Do it in private. Face to face is best, but if you can’t do that, call a friend and complain to them. Just do something to get it out of your system. You want to do all you can to increase your chances, not hurt them.
Waiting. Be smart about it.