I've been surfing the net this evening, searching for places to submit unsold stories, and I've stumbled across too many "paying" publications that reveal mathematical ineptitude in how they describe their pay rates.
For example, one site that claims to pay professional rates states that they pay .05 cents per word.
Five cents per word is usually considered a professional rate.
One-twentieth of one cent per word is not.
If they truly pay a professional rate, then they should state that the pay rate is:
5 cents per word
$.05 per word
.05 cents per word
As it stands, their stated pay rate is either abysmally low or their editors lack proofreading skills. Either way, would you want them to publish your work?