With so many printing services available exclusively online, with Amazon's CreateSpace being a popular one right now, what's to stop anyone and everyone from digging out their old journals and "publishing" a book?
I think one of the problems the Internet has created for publishing is that everyone thinks every book written deserves to be published, and let's face it, that's just not true. I'm not saying that the people the reader was talking about have no business being published ever, but I do imagine there are a lot of books written that aren't ready to be queried and may never be ready to be queried. The problem often is that there is no way to know that until you actually try.
Do you agree? Should everyone with a story be able to "publish" it? I'm sure you've come across books that you've wanted to chuck across the room (I have!), but does that mean they shouldn't have been published?
Your first instinct may be to say (or shout) "Yes! It does mean that! The book should never have left the trunk!" But consider this: not everything you write will be enjoyed by everyone who reads it. There may be someone who comes across your story and wants to chuck it across the room. And in the same city, there may be someone who touts your story and encourages anyone and everyone to read it. So who's right?
Maybe there are books that shouldn't be published, but then who decides which books should make it out of the slush pile, and which should be sent to the shredder? What makes one book worth reading while another should be used to prop up the short leg of the couch?
What do you think makes a book worth reading?
If you had a DeLorean, what book (or books) would you snatch away before it made it to bookshelves? Why?