Amazing article! I took the leap and became an independent publisher of my own book for all the reason you listed. Hired editor, inside designer, cover designer, and now a publicist. It’s been a huge learning process but really fun too. I wish I would have read this earlier for those days I questioned myself. Still working on continuing to build the platform. Am considering an audiobook after reading this. Wondering your thoughts on paying for reviews with Kirkus and Publishers Select (if picked). Both have different processes for self-published books. Congrats on your continued success! -Megan Bearce, LMFT author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart.