Looking for a publisher can be a difficult job. There are no easy paths, but there are plenty of excellent self-published books and successful self-published authors.
When it comes to self-publishing, you can use a vanity publisher or actually "self-publish." I'm working on self-published books #3 and #4, and I'm not waiting around for a New York conglomerate to send me an advance.
What is it about self-publishing that makes you hesitate? What is it about traditional publishers that interests you?