Good article, Angeline. It should also be pointed out that major bookstore chains won’t put un-agented books on their shelves (don’t even think about on their tables). That’s a huge disadvantage and far outweighs this idea of “creative control.” You don’t want creative control. You want professionals analyzing every word. Once I had an agent (after being turned down 176 times by other agents and publishers), I had to rewrite my first novel another three times. Writing books isn’t about creative freedom. It’s about professionalism. If you just want to write, great, forget about the money. Enjoy yourself. But if you want to be a career novelist, you have to be in the business.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.