It is possible to be published in ways other than by yourself and not be set limits. You’ll be criticised for it, of course. ( telling-all-too-much-drunk-mom-memoir-pushes-the-boundaries/article11557650/ We’ve come a long way since James Frey. He was reviled for making stuff up in a memoir. The author of Drunk Mom is criticised here for telling too much of the truth.) But you will probably be more widely noticed thanks to the services offered by traditional publishers, such as marketing, publicity and distribution.