I prefer the term “writing industry”, rather than “publishing industry”. It’s about time we focus on what’s important in the larger picture. Writing is about storytelling, publishing is one component of that.
Storytelling is a critical component of what makes us human. The world of publishing is all about matching up storytellers with audiences, and this power has moved to the left coast and the world of ones and zeros. What matters most is what happens on either end, not in the middle. Can writers write? More than ever. Can they publish? Easier than ever. Can readers find and access stories? Like no other time in human history.