The thing I fear most about sending my writing off to publishers is waiting.
I have two short stories I sent in to the Cypress Dome in December, and I wait. I check the online submissions all the time to see if they have looked at it, if it has been accepted or rejected, but every time I go on the website, it is in progress.
I looked up how long it normally takes for a publisher to get back to a writer, and it varies from person to person. From an article on stevelaube.com called “Writers Learn the Waiting Game,” “It can take 3-6 months to hear an answer from a publisher. The longest our agency waited was 22 months before we received a contract offer. No kidding. Just shy of two years. [Both I and my client had already moved on, thinking the project was dead.]” This website actually has a lot of advice for writers, and they are focused in the Christian marketplace. They also have an article called “How Long Does it Take to Get Published,” where people commented the lengths of time they have waiting during their publishing processes.