A fear years ago I stopped submitting my work to publishers. I just got tired of hearing my work was not good enough or that I was not what they were looking for or hearing nothing at all. I'm not telling people to not submit, I myself just got worn down by never hearing anything positive.
I had stories in my head to tell. Ideas forming and building and dreams that were very very big. So instead of giving up hoping that someone else would make my stories reality, I decided to do it myself. I had nothing to loose and everything to gain. I still believe that.
That's not to say I would sign, if someone wanted my work and if the deal was right I would do it. Yet, those opportunities have never arisen. I am not too worried about it though. I've always had to figure it all my own, to learn everything about creating, publishing, distribution and marketing. To make mistakes, fail and get back up. The road of a self-publisher is a hard one.
There are many many long hours