Can a newbie post on this thread? Hope so, because I found this topic enormously encouraging. I spend too much time being angry at my 20-year old self (why didn't you work on your writing more? What were you thinking going to graduate school? If you had started down this road twenty years ago you could maybe have something published by now! And for the love of pete, please get a real hair style. Yeah, I'm a bit crotchety toward my 20-year old self :-) On good days, I think --hey, I was gathering material, I was gaining much needed perspective and experience for my writing. On bad days I think--hey, I wasted a heck of a lot of time. But anyway, I can't turn the clock back and here I am at 40 writing and enjoying the writing and hoping one day to share my stuff with a wider audience. And I am definitely grateful for this fantastic community of writers for children. I've got a long way to go and it helps to learn that publication can happen at ANY age. Thanks to all for the message and the chance to read about so many success stories at 40 and 50 and 60+!