In the past few years, self-publishing has taken the world by storm. One such author is Amanda Hocking, who hails from my home state of Minnesota. According to her Wikipedia page, Amanda started self-publishing her books in April 2010 after several failed attempts at publishing. By March 2011, she had sold over 1,000,000 books and had made over $2 million dollars from those sales.
What followed afterwards was a flood of people who tried to duplicate her success, only to find they could not because they wanted to just "get rich" while Amanda had a true love of books and writing. Nowadays, her books are published with a traditional publisher and her success is only going to grow. Very impressive.
Another success in the self-publishing world is J. C. Hutchins. He took a much different approach than Amanda as he offered his books through podcasts. And for free! His podcasts have been downloaded millions of times, and his first novel 7th Son has been optioned to be made into a movie by Warner Brothers.
If you're frustrated by not getting published, please keep in mind others have taken the reins on their life and have just done it on their own. You can too. It's a lot of work, which I can truly sympathize with as I also have an ebook coming out in less than a week--a nonfiction book that's been brewing in my mind for the past decade or more, and have been working diligently on putting it together in the past two months. There's a lot to think about and do, so don't think this ebook business is easy. Then again, getting published in general isn't easy either.