But how broke do I want to be?
Oh wow, I FEEL YOU. I went on my own publishing journey before creating my own indie pub label too. Have talked about this a lot in interviews and podcasts haha, but suffice to say it was a journey with a lot of tears and then some huge, HUGE smiles.
All the best with your debut! Although it's not the signing moment your dreamed of, doing it yourself can be so very rewarding. Especially after so many weeks of no.