Kim Antieau has had her books published by St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, and Houghton Mifflin. She’s also been published by small presses, including Aqueduct Press, Silver Salamander Press, and Pulphouse Publishing. In addition, she’s had dozens of short stories, poems, and essays published in various magazines, anthologies, and websites. She’s been nominated for awards, had her work reprinted in numerous best-of-the-year anthologies, and has received acclaim from critics and readers for many years. It sounds like a pretty solid career in traditional publishing. And yet, over the past year, Kim has transformed herself into an indie writer, publishing many of her novels through her own publishing company, Green Snake Publishing. Why would a writer do that? In a word: freedom. Indie writers have creative freedom that many traditionally published writers can only dream about. This essay explains her decision to be at the forefront of the indie revolution and what it means for her career and for readers who love independent voices.