I hope you don't mind me gushing all over the place for a sec.
A critique partner of mine, S.J. Kincaid, (her blog is here) signed a three book deal with HarperCollins! Her debut novel, INSIGNIA, is due out in 2012.
You can read about her publication journey here.
S.J. is my first critique partner to sign a contract with a publisher. Yippee! Makes me wish I were spry enough to do about fifty cartwheels, but unfortunately I had to limit myself to a happy dance and a bottle of wine. I am so very happy for her. She is a plot-genius and an excellent writer. You will not want to miss this debut, my friends!
Now, the big question remains ... which of you will be next? *grin*