Big surprise, it’s all about the money
I just realized that the title of this post is a Freudian slip. “Your money and your life”, sounds like “your money or your life,” a demand commonly made by highwaymen of old.
The phrase “Your money or your life” is mentioned in trial reports from the mid–18th century.
Yep, it appears my subconscious mind considers traditional publishers to be thieves.
When you sign a contract with a traditional publisher, they’re investing thousands of dollars in you and your work. But so are you. You’re investing time in your book. You could have spent that time writing something else, and getting paid much more quickly.