1) All manuscripts to be handled by more than one editor. A centralised panel at each publishing house involving writers and editors of various genres. This is because a good book is a good book no matter what the content--look at the success of the "cancer book" The Emperor of Maladies as well as the success of someone lighter, like say, Helen Fielding or Sue Townsend. Unless the book passes through at least four of the six appointed readers, it shouldn't be published.
2) Books which are self-published should have a very clear demarcation online and offline. You should be able to go into a bookshop and see a shelf marked self-published, which means they haven't gone through the above mentioned panel.
3) Anyone choosing to write a book should have to take a mandatory leave of absence from all social networks while they are putting together their manuscript.
4) Required reading lists to be provided as soon as someone learns how to read and should be a government appointed thing, updated every year, arriving in your mail. You must prove that you've read your list by attending either one of several government allotted book clubs, or in the absence of one near you, by filing reviews and your thoughts of the list in the mail much like your tax returns. If necessary, a Review Official can be hired to help you with the process.
5) Twice a year, all authors will be available to chat about their processes and what it takes to write a book. The rest of the time, they will be forbidden by law to talk/sell/appear in any literature festivals. This may sound harsh, but it will mean standarisation of promotional activities by publishers: all books are created equal and are judged good by the panel.
6) Anyone wanting to be a writer will have to provide a resume proving that they are suited for the book they want to write. Creative writing classes etc will be provided in schools, colleges and in adult learning centres.
7) To cater to various tastes, once you've gotten through your school reading list, you can opt for a specialised genre in your later years, where only books that an extensive test proves you'll enjoy will be recommended to you. You can also choose to keep receiving the standard list of good books.
What are your thoughts? Is social media the best thing that's happened to writers or the worst? Is it awesome that readers can interact directly with authors, or is this killing the Mystique of the Artist? Let me know in the comments! *
*I get the irony. I'm like Alanis, except with shorter hair.