I'm high maintenance. I'm not gonna lie. I have high expectations of how people should act, and I get p*ssed off when they don't act like that. The thing is, I don't expect you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself. For example, give me the courtesy of answering my emails. I get email on my phone (and I check it a bazillion times a day), so I respond in a timely manner. I'm not saying you should reply within the hour. Within a day or two is acceptable. I know you're busy.
When you don't respond, or I have to send another email to get a response, that really irritates me. But you know what? I have no control over their actions. So why am I getting so upset about it? I'm resigning myself to the inevitable. I'm giving up. Keeping other people's ducks in a row is exhausting, and I have my own crap to worry about.
So what does that mean? Well, it means that my books/stories might not come out for 800 years. Publishing takes time, I know that. I've been in the game for a while, but when you constantly and repeatedly miss deadlines, something else is wrong. But I've done all I can to help out. Aside from opening my own company or self publishing, there's nothing else I can do. Like I said, I have no control over other people's actions.
I'm not going to let it get me down. I can't. There are too many other opportunities in this world to get bogged down. I'm going to hold my head up and move forward. Maybe things will work out.