What are the conditions that lead to a loss of purpose/belief/faith in your still unfinished manuscript?
There is very little large-scale synergy and interaction between a site like Goodreads and independent bookstores and cafes where people tend to meet specifically to discuss and trade books.
N+1: There are two major styles of American fiction, which are determined, respectively, by the culture of college-town fiction workshops and the culture of the NY publishing industry.
There is credibility in being an unknown, self-released musician; being a self-published writer, simply, there is not.
There is a comparison to be made between the growth of the publishing industry and the growth of Apple during its famous expansion from IPods to IPhones and IPads.