My very dear friend, Geraldine Goldberg, was one of the thousands of young people who attended Woodstock in 1969. Forty years after the event, many people are remembering that weekend with memorial books, films, gatherings, etc.
Awhile ago, I spotted a market listing for an anthology of 50 stories, Woodstock Revisited. Since I didn't make it to the event, and I knew Geraldine had, I forwarded the information to her. Keep in mind, Geraldine has only been published in school papers and a blurb or two in the local paper. She's also tried her hand at playwriting. She was hesitant, but I told her it was good experience. After all, it wouldn't hurt to try, and she had as good a chance as anyone else to succeed. She's a very bright woman, who returned to school to get her masters degree when she was in her 40's.
She agreed to take on the challenge and asked me if I would mind taking a look at the manuscript when she finished it. I readily agreed, offered a few suggestions and sent it back to her. She sent off her article and was overjoyed when she learned that her story had been accepted for inclusion. I'm very proud of her and glad to have been a mentor in this project. She proved that it isn't always about having a well known name to be published. It isn't always about having a long record of acceptances and publications. It isn't always about being dedicated to the craft of writing. Sometimes, it's just about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right story.
So, Geraldine, congratulations on your entry into the world of published writing. In furtherance of this accomplishment, another friend of Geraldine's, Wallace Baine, included her in his article for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Wallace Baine, Baine Street: August 1969: The moment of truth for the hippie movement"
What about you? Are you ready to take the plunge? Keep your options open for new markets that suit you. Look for magazines, anthologies, and contests that are seeking writers with your background and interest. If you don't submit, you won't be published. When you're not sure, remember Geraldine. She did it, so can you.