Quote Originally Posted by Reluctant Artist View Post
HOWEVER, enough good books are overlooked and enough bad books are published that I have a hard time trusting that the gatekeepers really have the skills to convey validation with accuracy! The real litmus test is sales, what READERS think.

This is very true, and I think a reasonable assumption is that there's more to publishing traditionally than a good, marketable book. Basically, it goes back to who you know.
If self-publishers focus on putting out a good product, then focus on using "who we know" to market, there's no reason why we can't generate sales, yeah?