What we’re witnessing aren’t battle-lines drawn in a war between Amazon and traditional publishers but the death throes of authorship as a viable profession—even as a part time one. After decades of slow decline, as advances grow smaller, as sales concentrate more in the head, and as the midlist disappears, what was once somewhat possible—writing as a profession—is now unlikely, and is fast becoming impossible. What we’re witnessing is the panic of a deathbed patient. Authorship is being de-professionalised and deskilled; the professions that hang off the professional authorship tree—editors and agents mostly—are following suit.

–Baldur Bjarnason on the future.