There are so many places to submit your work these days, from traditional publishers to journals (like the MCB Quarterly) to niche presses. Some pay very well. Some pay a little. And some pay nothing at all.
And with sites like Amazon, Smashwords, etc, you can also give your work away yourself for free (forever, or for a period of time).
But at some point, you gotta make some money to pay for your crack… I mean, writing addiction.
So where do you come down on free work vs. paid work? Have you released your work one way or the other? Did a free release help boost your sales or popularity? Or do you only write for pay?