Being independent is the only way, for me, to be a writer. It means I can bypass the various literary priesthoods, their acolytes* and their arcane codes and behaviours.
I have my stuff appear in print exactly how I want it. Sure, it can be rough around the edges, but I’m with Ruskin on this, polishing the head of a pin serves no useful function. And most of the ‘literary’ world is about polishing the heads of pins.
Me, I just like telling stories.
*I’ve had three agents and a couple of publishers, and I’ll never go back to any of that.