Newbie writers, who never worked in the legacy world, have no idea how good they have it right now. It took me a decade of trying to impress the gatekeepers before I got a break. Those were hard, depressing, years where I busted my ass.
Writers have never, ever had it so good. Like Joe Konrath, I spent years trying to break in.
These days, you can do it all yourself. No one can tell you NO, and you don't need anyone's permission. For anything.
The world is at your feet. Click a button, and you're published.