However, I'm as human as the next man, so there are parts of my psyche that will be affected by this decision, and the biggest one is the so-called need to be accepted. I may have a great and profitable career, but there's still a desire on the part of most to become part of the cool kids club. Most people would love to pretend this need doesn't exist and we can carry on without caring if anyone else likes us, but that's not the world most of us live in.
However, writers have been taught to believe a certain way. We've been browbeat that only bad writers who couldn't make it went the indie route, and that getting accepted by one of the major publishing houses is a sign we have talent(unlike all those talentless hacks out there who wish they were as good as we are, right?). By going the indie route, we'll never get that stamp of approval that most writers so desperately crave.
Part of me thinks that publishers keep this acceptance thing alive to try and find their way through a transition period in the industry, even though going such a route is no longer vital to success. And a lot of them might not even be doing it intentionally, but it's out there, and as a writer, it's hard to shake off the mindset that I have to please "those people." Though most of us go through something similar in high school, we usually grow out of it by our mid-20s. I wonder if a writer can ever fully overcome that yearning. I'm sure if, as a group, we can manage to get past that, we're in for one wild ride. After all, it's the readers who should ultimately matter - I just wish more of us really understood that, including myself at times.