Originally Posted by HarryT
The internet has certainly made distribution of one's work easier, but I'm not personally convinced that it's actually improved the lot of the author.
That wasn't entirely the internet's doing. A lot of it came from the vanity self-publishers and women pushing romance novels through them. When I was starting to get into creative writing in high school and early college (late '90s), a lot of people were of the opinion that "it costs a lot of money to get pubished."
Edit: And one thing I just noticed in the style guide- block formatting? Really?