John Scalzi tells it like it is in a brilliant and very funny diatribe: "Writing in the Age of Piracy".
He says: "Listen to me now: Writers are not in the publishing industry. The publishing industry exists to handle the output of writers and distribute it in an effective and hopefully profitable way; however it does not necessarily follow that writer's only option is the publishing industry, especially not now. Congruent to this: Books aren't the only option. I write books, but you know what? I'm not a book writer, any more than a musician is an LP musician or an MP3 musician. The book is the container. It's not destiny."
So true. Do you love to write? Great. If you have a skill, get money for using it. The ways you can turn your writing skills into money are LIMITLESS, and no, I'm not try to flog you one of my writing manuals, or a membership in Pro Write, although it couldn't hurt. :-)
Here's a career path for you:
1. Learn to write (WARNING: you never stop learning, you'll keep learning as long as you're breathing). Learn additional skills: learn about the Internet, learn to create a Web site, learn how to make money online;
2. Write – and get paid for it. Publishers (of newspapers, magazines and books) are not the only people who hire writers. Writing is communication; people pay for communication;
3. Develop a business plan for yourself (yes, I know, so crass, but we're not in the quill and ink age, we're in the Internet age);
4. Make money. How, you ask? You're creative, aren't you? Use your creativity. Find a way to turn your writing skills into money. I've been talking about Bubbler for the past couple of days. With Bubbler you need ZERO technical skills to get your own Web site online and generating income for you.
Read John Scalzi's post. Take it to heart. If piracy kills the publishing industry (it won't), but if it does, guess what? You can still WRITE and get paid for writing. Let publishers look out for themselves. :-)