Do authors make good publishers? The answer is No. But it’s fascinating to watch them try.He uses three authors to explain his reasoning: Cory Doctorow, Seth Godin, and J.A. Konrath. Of those three, Konrath has had the most success, mainly because his name is so well-known by the reading public.
You can read the full article, then draw your own opinions. Curtis does quote from Konrath’s blog (the most successful of those big authors going to self-publishing):
Right now, the best way to begin a writing career is to find a good literary agent and sell the book to a well-respected print publisher. In other words, don’t do it on your own unless you completely understand what you’re doing.I know a lot of you are self-publishing. Do you think you’re successful? Are you making money yet (above what it cost you to publish)? Would you rather publish on your own or would you rather have a “house” take you on?