Page 7 of today's New York Times Book Review section is a full page ad from iUniverse for a book I saw two years ago in my slush pile.
The ad copy says "I sent it out to agents. No one responded". That is a bald faced lie. I not only responded, I sent comments AND she wrote back with revisions, and I responded again. I knew I couldn't sell the book. That's a far different cry from "no one responded".
Publishing may be screwed up and agents aren't perfect but it's clear to me that the purpose of this ad is not to sell Meg's book but to get other people to sign up with iUniverse.
Other points of note: retail price for the book: $26.95 (paper)
Amazon rank yesterday: 500,000+
Amazon rank today: 6,415