How many writers believe they need a publisher to make them a legitimate author? More importantly, how many are willing to sacrifice their vision in order to get that publisher or agent?
This is a reminder to them (or you!) to focus on what matters -- Readers.
Tell the authors you love that they're storytellers, first and foremost. They should be writing, and publishing, for their readers. After all, who really makes a book a bestseller?
Hint: It's not the publisher.