The word "Gatekeeper" regarding publishing is BS. I am not a gatekeeper as I am a woman/mother/wife/businesswoman (in that order!) that sees the opportunity cost of time with every client I work with, and Publishers are businesses that must make a profit (hello, are you a shareholder of any business that you hope will grow their stock price) and who invest not only time but a good deal of money In every book they publish...money includes but is not limited to rent, utilities, salaries of all 25+ employees that impact your book, development, production, marketing, conferences where they display and sell-in books to retailers, libraries, consumers, etc.
So enough with the gatekeeper argument. Don't blame agents and editors and publishers for not investing their time and money in your book. The books that are not chosen are books agents/editors/publishers did not see as a good investment of their time and money. It does NOT mean your book is not fantastic. It just means that the people you sent your book to did not choose to INVEST in it. And, if you choose to self-publish you are investing in yourself just as you invested your time and money to learn the craft of writing, and to write and revise your book. You are choosing to give up (opportunity cost) other things in your life that cost money and take time, to self-pub/market your book and in the end, there are no gatekeepers. Just choices.
FYI--I posted this on FB the other day but wanted to also post it here on my blog:)
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