I was hoping to get published during my life. I would assume that many people would have the same aspirations. What I also find amazing is that people who look for acceptance from others or their validation they would also oppress and exclude. I have lost more respect from the none that I had for those types. If you Longreads are in some type of trouble you should say so. I asked you about publishing for a few reasons you can figure out the rest on your own. How many people are still reading a novel a week? I noticed that post have increased. I did not get a response from you from the publishing though. I did look into it myself however. So good luck
Continue to search for outside validation and acceptance.