I've always wondered about the idea that far more people work hard to produce a book of acceptable quality than there are readers to buy it. Hence only truly brilliant writers make the grade. Superlative excellence is the new 'writing well', and proportionally fewer and fewer aspiring authors can attain it. Also the notion that every man and his dog, thanks to the advent of the computer and ebook, is writing a book these days. Thoughts? Just how fiercely competitive is professional writing anyway?