MarieHaynes - 6:01 pm on Apr 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
One of the more common problems in this type of scenario is knowing which links need to be removed. I wouldn't worry about anchor text distribution directly. But, in reality the majority of links that have anchor text are likely self made and therefore unnatural. In the eyes of Google, the only links that are natural ones are the ones that you earned rather than made.
If you've removed enough of the unnatural links you really shouldn't have to wait until WMT reflects that in order to recover. When you file for reconsideration, the webspam team employee that reviews your site will look at some of the links that they have flagged as unnatural and then see if you've been able to remove any.
Also, (just because a lot of people ask this), if you have disavowed links, these will still show in WMT. Google simply adds an invisible nofollow tag to them.
If you fail this time then it is likely because of 1 of 3 reasons:
1. The right links have not been chosen for removal.
2. You have not done enough work to show Google that you have tried to get links removed.
3. You have used the disavow tool incorrectly.