From the 'good news' department, SiWC attendee just sealed a deal that began here at SiWC 2008.
Here's the post from Publisher's Lunch:
Denise Jaden's LOSING FAITH, about a teenage girl whose quest to solve the mystery of her sister's death leads her to a strange religious cult, to Anica Rissi at Simon Pulse, for publication in fall 2010, by Michelle Humphrey at Sterling Lord Literistic (NA).
And here's the link to her blog and website, where she narrates her road to being a published author.
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