I've asked a couple of questions on this site over the past year or two about publishing. I've been thinking about going the self-publishing route. It still seems like the quickest and easiest way to go, though there are obviously disadvantages (thanks to all who've brought them up, in answers to my other questions).
Someone suggested going to a writers' conference and pitching my book to agents. This seems old-fashioned. Aren't there websites, email addresses, etc. that I can throw my idea at, instead? I'm still not set on going the trad route, as it seems too long and filled with disappointment for most people. But I could give it a try, if it didn't involve traveling around the US to pitch my idea.