I too have been told "no" by bookstores and distributers, because I am still in the undiscovered status and no one wants to take a risk with my book. I am not a money maker. I made this cookbook for me. I made something for myself that I wished I could go to the store and buy. That was my initial motivation.
After offering my book to several publishers, I discovered the best way to share it was by publishing the book myself. Three months ago, a couple of big boxes arrived at my door filled with my books. It has been a great experience sharing this book with others. I am happy to say I only have a handful of books left from that first order. It has been fun to see the excitement other people have had about it.
Thank you to everyone who has been supportive and spread the word about my book!