Publishing is NOT a Zero-Sum Game
A zero-sum game comes out of game theory and basically means that when one person wins, another must lose.
Writing and publishing does not work that way. There is not a finite number of readers who can read one book a year or a finite number of readers who read fifty books a year and everything in between.
And readers come into genres, read for a while, and then go away, or new readers every year are grown and others die. A niche explodes, a niche dies. Nature process of reader’s tastes.
No one book in the history of the world has reached every reader.
So one of the reasons I try to help writers with craft and business is because I believe that another cliche applies. A rising tide floats all boats.
The better the craft of a storyteller, the more books a quality storyteller can release, the better the expectation of readers for other higher quality stories.
Publishing is just not a zero-sum game. If I put out a novel, that does not mean that some other writer can not. That I published 70 major books and 65 short stories in my 70th year does not mean I hurt 70 other writers.
And that’s where the worry and thinking about AI goes sideways.
Because some writer somewhere dumbs down their books, makes them more boring with AI does not mean they are hurting another writer. Nope, just hurting themselves.
Also, as a few said in the comments on previous posts, thinking AI books will sell or even get through the sales process does not trust readers. (Traditional thinking again.)
Readers spend money for a book, it is dull and boring and sounds like a computer wrote it, that reader will not buy another book from that author. So the market will take care of them just as it always does over the centuries with those wanting to take shortcuts.
Kill the thinking that writing and publishing is a zero-sum game and work to help other writers and support them. That way we all win.