My first novel, THE MANUSCRIPT, was officially picked up today by Macmillan, for a UK release in early 2006. My editor is also working on a U.S. deal, through one of Macmillan's U.S. companies, though that's pending. The book is in copyediting now, which will be followed by typesetting and page proofs. Then I hit shelves.
That only took ten years. (Of writing and hustling.)
More info on the book is available here.
I'm sure there will be more news in this space as things develop.
Um . . . yay.