I read Amazon.com forums when I'm bored. Because I'm writing a fantasy novel, I tend to spend a lot of time on forums featuring indie and self-published fantasy authors. (I don't want to self-publish, for reasons outlined in this post, but a lot of people do choose that route.)
And I am just astounded at the number of people who have written fantasy novels and turn to Amazon forums, blogs, etc. to publicize their works.
I suppose it is a little discouraging. So many people have written books an so few get picked up by major publishers. And then a lot of stuff that major publishers put out is just crap. So how do I make my work stand out in this field? I don't have an answer to that question yet, unfortunately.
However, I've dealt with really bad odds before. I did get into Harvard, after all.
But, in the end, all I can do is make my manuscript the best it can be, and do lots of research about how to approach publishers and agents, and then send it off and wait.