Used to be, in the publishing industry, writers could find mentors. Older writers who'd been there, done that. Editors who took writers under their wing and nurtured their careers. Friends who served as early readers and kind critics. Are there such people anymore?
Now, editors are green kids out of college who couldn't edit their way out of a grocery bag with a typo, writers don't know where their next contract is coming from, and friends don't have time.
Anyone who has written book-length fiction knows what a solitary existence writers lead. Ultimately, the hard work is up to us. But sure would be nice to get a little moral support on the way.