I'm not sure whether this is the best place for this or not, but thought I'd start this here.

Literary agent Jonathan Lyons has a really interesting post -- "Too Many Writers Spoil the Soup" -- on his blog, regarding the number of queries he receives from would-be writers who clearly don't know their craft, haven't done any research on publishing, and just generally can't write. He thinks part of it is due to the fact that the self-publishing phenomenon has made it difficult for non-writers to understand the difference between bring printed and being published, and thus to many non-writers, writing (and publishing) appears to be so easy that anyone can do it -- and so everyone tries.

I'll let you read his post yourselves, but let me quote part of it here:

I’m not a writer, but it really pisses me off that some people think that anyone can write a good book. Why is writing any different from basketball (and my analogy now makes sense, even though it was clearly silly), or any other skilled profession? What is it about publishing that encourages self-delusion?
The conversation that's started in the Responses is also really interesting.

(In the interest of full disclosure, Jonathan is my agent -- but even if he weren't, I'd still think the discussion was fascinating. And it's even more interesting to get the "outside looking in" perspective from a queried agent, as we often wonder what agents are thinking when they read queries.)