Also, keep in mind that T.S. Paul’s overnight success happened several years ago while the competition in self-publishing keeps growing with each passing month. It’s now much harder to get as much as noticed than it was in 2015. In 2020, you’ll have to invest more time, money, and effort to succeed.
Self-publishing is thus not a way to solve your unemployment problem, and even less so if you are broke and don’t have a large following. The market is oversaturated and if you want to sell anything, the readers will have to notice your book among thousands of others. The book will have to look professional and you’ll have to promote it.