I have published many pieces for no payment. In this business of writing, I am proud to say that here is the first payment I have received for my creative writing, for The Power of (Muscle) Memory, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, p. 25. Payment for a second piece, somewhat larger but still modest, is en route; it will never be as sweet as this one. The amount doesn’t matter; the fact of payment is encouraging. Still, I tend to prefer readers to dollars. Great good luck, that.