I am wondering if the type of novel i wish to write might be more suitable for self publishing vice traditional publishing. I want to write steampunk westerns. Some of you may not know what steampunk is. It is sci-fi or fantasy that typically takes place during the Victorian era and contains technology that is steam powered and contains clock work mechanization. The technology is much more advanced than what was actually possible during the time. Think steam powered robotic horses or clock-work cybernetics. A popular example of classic steampunk is The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It is easy to find steampunk novels but the VAST majority of them are set in Victorian era Europe. As I said, I want to write steampunk westerns. More specifically I want to write sci-fi steampunk westerns. The reason I am clarifying is that in all my searching the only steampunk westerns that I can find out there are fantasy and have supernatural elements to them. That is great and I enjoy those but I want to leave the supernatural out of mine and keep it sci-fi driven. Actually, an example of a sci-fi steampunk western movie is Wild Wild West with Will Smith. Though the fiction I will write will be darker and not so cheesy. Many members of this forum have stated one good way to get agents and publishing companies to consider your fiction novel is to first get short stories published. So I headed over to Duotrope and ran the following search for publications: Genre:Sci-fi Sub-genre: Steampunk (yep, it is in the pull down menu) Payscale: Token and Up (Some members here have stated be published in nonpaying publications doesn't help) I left rest of the pull down menus as "Any". I pressed enter and got 14 hits. That doesn't seem like very many. I suppose I could submit them to any sci-fi publication even if they don't specify they accept steampunk. But the point is this: it is not a saturated sub-genre. There is a dearth of both authors AND publishers. I am left contemplating if this may be one of those cases where it is better to go the self publishing route. Any thoughts? An no, I have no expectation of becoming rich or even making a living off of this. I want to do it for the pleasure of it. Thanks!