I've nearly completed a short story that I wish to option at a few, or if need be, several hundred magazines/ezines/ and other publications. In reading a short biographical piece on GRRM, he said he started with the magazines that paid the most per word, and then worked his way down.
Is this really the best route to take? He was talking about his experience in the 60's, I'm wondering if it's different now.
The is important because I don't want to spend months sending work out to more prominent, higher paying publishers only to get shot down because I want the most $ per word.
Then again I don't want to send my stuff to an eager 1 cent publisher who will happily publish my work, while someone offering a higher amount would do the same.
What has been your experience and how did you go about getting your first short story published?