Well I have some finished short stories ready to farm out for publishing but before I get started on the grueling process of rejection, I thought I would ask first... If I have never been published before, how much should I expect for a short story around 5 thousand words? Should I be sending out material even if it doesn't pay just to get my name out there? I do feel I should make something due the time I have put into each story and I don't want to get "taken" for my hard work. But I understand that sometimes the process of building yourself up is essential. All of this assuming I've done my homework in regards to submitting to the appropriate genre oriented magazine and/or journal, or course. Thanks for the advice.