I wrote a little discussion of my submissions stats to elucidate the comment thread from a few posts back. Jim seemed surprised that I had over 100 rejections. I checked and I had over 150. I think that Jim should get in synch with Heinlein’s rules and start submitting until somebody has a lapse of judgment and buys a story. The only way to sell a story is to keep banging it on editor’s heads.
The whole idea of “selling” is suspect, though, if you get less than minimum wage. My programmer bill rate is $76.50 an hour. If I take 4 hours to write a 3500 word story (a quick story indeed), it should be worth more than 8 cents a word. Instead, I feel lucky if I get $20 ($4/hour) for the whole thing and usually accept much less. I would say that you should write for the glory, but there is precious little glory in most websites.
So Jim, send me your stories and I’ll publish one. Use the email link – Contact Webmaster – in upper left hand corner of this page. Do it for the glory. (You can’t submit diretly at ScienceFictional.com. Since ScienceFictional.com is a zine prototype for my own amusement, I disabled the submission link in order to drive authors crazy.)