"Writers are entertainers. We're not feeding villages. We're not curing cancer. No one owes us a living because we spend hours a writing stories. When it comes down to it, we're really not that important.
"And for all of you who spell art with a capital A and want to point to some work of staggering genius that changed your life, I recommend you go without eating for two weeks to put things in perspective."
Joe Konrath frequently gets my back up in his blog posts, because he is very rah rah self-publishing, trad pub is teh evil a lot of the time. Except he's making a million dollars a year, and most people aren't. On the other hand, sometimes he just nails it so perfectly, I forgive him and put his books back on my TBR.