I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of all the extremist rhetoric about publishing. The defeatists need to get a grip. People still read. Publishers are still acquiring books. Authors are selling directly to readers, too. But those chipper snake oil peddlers? Equally toxic. If someone tells you writing and publishing a book is easy, either they've never done it, or they're selling you something (follow my simple 1-2-3 formula and you’ll be rolling in cash!). These people aren't writers. They're marketers.
Here's what I think. We don't just want to write books. We want to write good books. We don't just want to make a buck, we want to lead fulfilling writers’ lives. Well, that life is not built on a frenzied use of social media, nor is it built on gaming the system. It's built on craft, community, and a wholehearted embrace of our voices.