Hah! No, first, cultivate patience, lots and lots of patience.
A short sale, as you probably already know, is a sale from an owner, who owes the bank more money than the current market value. It may be that he hasn't lived in it long enough to build equity; or pulled out too much equity with a line of credit; or, the value of the home has dropped since he purchased it. (all too common these days)
The owner places the property on the market, normally through an agent, to sell. The agent will most often have already ensured that the bank will pay normal fees associated with the sell, and, if possible, gotten the price pre-approved. <This is not always possible>
Eventually, the property receives an offer, and the buyer and seller negotiate terms and price. The contract is normally written with dates running, NOT from ratification, but rather, from the time of the banks approval. The contract is then sent to the bank for "3rd party approval".
This will take awhile. Banks are not in the 'risk' business, nor is this a case of one person making a decision. The bank has to determine whether the price is fair, and what kind of loss they will take. They often ask for a BPO, which is an estimate made of the properties current market value, normally prepared by an agent or appraiser. Then, they have to make sure that they will get every possible cent out of the sale.
<This is where you need patience. It is not unheard of for banks to change their mind about the price, or the terms.>
If there is a first AND second lender, the second lender often has to be happy with nothing. BOTH have to sign off on the deal.
Finally, after 30-90 days, you may get bank approval . . . . or not. There are ways to deal with this, in order to protect you. Talk to your agent for more details, and . . .
GOOD LUCK! Even with all this stress, you can still, often get a property for less than you could otherwise, and home ownership is still the gateway to amassing personal wealth!