Several of my friends have asked why in the world I chose to do independent publishing rather than broker a deal with any number of national publishers. The truth is--this is a 'love' project. There were no forced deadlines, I could take my time. There were no meetings to discuss which direction I should take my characters. No one to question why I spent time on one element versus another. Each of these books and every character in them have become a part of me...each and every one of them.
Admittedly, maintaining control is also a factor. The fact is you can never fully visualize how a work may be interpreted regardless of intent. Like any writer, amateur or professional--we all just want to create...and share. I'm no different.