Why self-publish?

I am oftentimes being asked, why did I decide to self-publish The Corner Office? I have an agent and a deal with an amazing publisher. Why turn to the "dark side" if I achieved what many other authors aspire to, even before I reaped the benefits of working with a publisher? 

Well, I've always wanted to be a hybrid author: self publish some of my books while having others traditionally published. I am very excited to be working with one of the best editors (I was stalking her online for years until she finally offered me a publishing contract; authors, I am sure you know what I'm talking about...). However, I also can't wait to see some of my other books in print. 

But it's more, I want to try my hand in marketing and promoting. I want to learn from the experience and become better at it. 

I wrote The Corner Office more than four years ago, and at that time I decided to shelf it for a few years. I submitted it to a few publishers, and although there was interest, many of them wanted to see it revised as a traditional romance. They saw an issue with Tara falling for her subordinate, and her relationship with Richard as a love triangle that “just doesn’t sell.”

I contemplated changing the story but ultimately decided that I liked it the way it was. That’s why I waited that long to self-publish: sometimes it’s hard to see beyond the rejections. If the experts believe it doesn’t work, they must know what they are talking about. What ultimately swayed me was the ressurection of feminism that became apparent this year. More than ever in a long while, people are talking about women rights, women advancements. Suddenly people care so much more about women serving on the boards of big corporations, women being paid less for doing same jobs as men, women managing their career and family lives. I felt that The Corner Office was very relevant in the current social climate, and I wanted to get it out.

That's a thing about traditional publishing that I've learned: they will be much less willing to take chances on something they consider outside of their customary bounds of what sells. 

But as a hybrid author, I am willing to take that chance. I am eager to work hard at promoting this work and letting it see the light of day as it is, as I intended it to. 

I'd love to hear what you think. Would you consider being a hybrid author?