An alternative, of course, is to self-publish (there are many avenues, including Amazon).
Most self-published works aren't particularly successful (as determined by sales).
A glaring exception is the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series.
Of course no one could have predicted that in advance.
I've read some in the series and, although the writing is uneven (because different contributors write differently; the series is essentially compilations), something appealed to readership and the series became wildly successful.
Another self-publishing/self-posting alternative to consider: online sites such as medium.com.
You won't necessarily make much, particularly at 1st, but you'll get exposure.
Best of luck.