Going it alone is hard.
Being an Indie Writer for some people has brought rewards, that is because they have money to fund their publishing dreams; for me, it has been nothing but an endless struggle against unbeatable odds of having no funds and that does not count the times my writing has been criticized.
There are many articles online on the theme of "The Indie who made it," but the one question that does not get asked is "Do you think your outlay is worth the gains?"
There is no need to go into figures, only a generalization of the outlay Vs the income would suffice.
Did I enjoy writing?
In the beginning, I did enjoy writing my stories, but for the last four years, my faith has been tested beyond the straining point each week there are no sales. I kept hoping for a revival, but it never came.
The Ups of being an Indie Author.
I could choose what I wanted to write and when I would write, I had total control over my product; this was one reason I'd never change as I knew good authors whose books were spoiled by either lousy covers or bad publicity costs that made the books unsellable.
There are too many down to even consider listing; the hardest is that being Independent I had to foot all the costs which limited what I could afford to do. This situation came to a head in 2018 when I made the costly error of paying for a book cover, and this outlay is something I shall never recoup as the book has not sold in over on sale at Amazon.
I would only recommend writing as an income if you have a well-paid job or a significant inheritance and you have the skin of a T-Rex as I can guarantee from my experience there is no solidarity in the ranks of the writing community. It is dog eat dog, the best way many see of progressing is to put you down rather than pull themselves up from the bottom.
My view was for many years if one succeeds we all succeed that is why I used to help others at a cost to myself, I said used to because I got tired of not being thanked for my efforts, all I needed would have been a quick email or comment of thanks, but it never happened.