I remember my first piece. I thought of the premis and wrote it on the same day. Sent it off the next day. Received acceptance letter and check 15 days later. $27. Took me 35 submissions before next piece sold. $100. 50 or so rejections later my biggest piece sold. $250. My next one sold for $50 as did two more. I currently have over 300 rejections under my belt. Wouldn't it be nice if they all went like the first and paid like the third. I could retire. Wait a minute, I am tired.