Once an author decides to write a book, whether fiction or nonfiction, there comes a time in all of their lives where they (consciously or not) make a decision which direction they will go.
Granted, there are pros and cons with either, but what an author should consider—and sometimes won’t realize—one or the other is not for every author.
I’ve gone both directions—sort of—and love them both. My debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman was published with a traditional publisher. I loved the way they worked with me, especially the cover design. My editor was an excellent one who kept me busy making sure the editing was as perfect as could be. There were no shortcuts.
With my other books, I sought a small publisher who has worked with me diligently to get everything just the way I wanted it, and that’s been so appreciated!