As writers, we are indeed strange breed. We write because we do. It is not a money-making profession, save a select few. Typically we do not like selling and marketing, we would rather be writing. Getting an agent and a publisher is hard work and has long waits between query letters and manuscript submissions.
What a crazy bunch we are, we would rather fling our material to an agent and hope that the publisher will deal with marketing and sales. That’s why for many getting an agent and traditionally published is appealing. We do not want to be bothered with formatting, building ebooks, print books and selling our souls on social media.