My short story was published online on the emag Johnny America. No payment was involved, just posting on the site. Now, here's the question: Am I a published author? Can I include this in my query letters?
Clearly you should have had an agent do this deal cause they DO dangle the option of payment and you need an agent to kick ass and make sure your "Payment, if there is any, will come in the form of peculiar or amusing objects of negilible monetary value; a doodle of a mongoose on a coffee-stained napkin, for example" is received promptly.
This is a pretty funny site. If you sent me a query letter and mentioned it I wouldn't think you were a nitwit.