Although I do plan to self publish my first novel. I plan to heavily edit and have it edited before hand
I have several beta readings will to rip it apart. Some for grmatical and formating, others for story consistency and readability.
I agree that one should not rush to publish. At the same time I think k it wise to publish your first after heavy editing. Regardless of how well you think the story is. If you don't put your name out there, if you think "it's not good enough" then it will never be.
So what? I hate these articles, they are utterly pointless. They only serve to salvage the original author's rapidly diminishing feeling of superiority in the face of a wave of people writing things who DON'T ACTUALLY CARE WHAT HE OR SHE THINKS.
So you have to ask yourself, why do you care what other people are doing? Write your own stories and focus on them. Stop trying to shame everyone else out of the way so you get a better playing field. That's not how it works, and it's TOO LATE.
The floodgates have opened, the barbarians are flooding the city walls, and at this point everyone just has to deal with it. For every good story there will be five hundred misspelled "epics" that are thinly-veiled BDSM fanfic adaptations of cross-dressing vampires fighting dragon hookers while being pursued by a grizzled faerie cop. And then following that up will be 1000 variations of someone desperately trying to tell their life story, which might actually be sad and moving and heart rending if it wasn't so badly written it feels more like a mashup of an essay on what they did last summer and a stereotypical 13-year old girls Double Secret Journal of Really Important Thoughts, decorated with sparkles and pictures of unicorns.
There's no getting over it or past it, and people can complain on Forbes all they like but the can is open, the worms are out, you might as well go fishing.
 Note to self: write this.
 Note to self: give this one a pass.
Yes I did! I'll grant you the point and acknowledge the irony, but my point still stands.