A year or two ago I was leaning towards self-publishing, mostly to have more creative freedom over my work, but with how the market is so over satuated with books, I feel deterred because I see no way that anything I put out would actually get noticed. Also, I have no way to advertise myself. I have no social life, and I'm not active on any social media account. And I really have no life in general.
Now I'm thinking going through a publisher may be a wiser idea. I have no way to draw notice to myself, but at the same time I don't know if I could even do that since well no one stands to get any significant profit out of this anyway. Do publishers even accept manuscripts anymore, when writing is worth pretty much nothing?
Note that I was registered to a writing forum a short time ago, that was full of trolls. They claimed there's no way to make even a penny on writing anymore, so you may as well just be doing it for free. I get you shouldn't be in this for the money, but in our modern world do you really think I have the time to waste doing something that will give me no profit in return? I do need to eat and pay taxes here. Even if its not enough to live off of, I don't see much point in wasting time on something when I could be spending that time keeping my fridge less empty.
Oh, and I was planning on writing a fantasy novel. The people on that forum told me that my exposure to tabletop games permanently corrupted me and therefore there was no way I could ever right anything decent, ever. Though honestly, I quit more because I see fantasy as horribly over done anyway. Besides, I've grown to see fantasy (or at least rpg fantasy settings like D&D, which I've never played funny enough) as racist anyway. Now I'm trying to write a superhero story, since well honestly I've read far more comics than I have fantasy novels. Besides, I was hoping that writing in a more niche genre like that could help at least get my stuff noticed. Though I hear there's a lot of other people doing the same thing, which makes it all kind of pointless.
I feel like this is all just a waste of time. And no, I don't really get joy out of writing. Or anything. Period. So don't tell me to go do something I actually enjoy. If I did only what I enjoyed, I would do nothing at all.