Quote Originally Posted by Harlequin View Post
There is also value in debut author status in the trade publishing world (but not in the self pub world) and you do give that away if you self pub first.
This. I trunked three novels because they weren’t ready. I wasn’t ready. The fourth one got the agent and the sale, and being a debut author helped.

That being said, that’s me. As others have said more eloquently than I could, trade publishing and self publishing are both viable options, and which is best for you depends on your goals. My advice will always be write the best book you can, then revise it at least twice more, and then decide your path.