While I'm not yet among them (fingers crossed), I wanted to get this info out for those of you lucky writers who are. However, for those of us who haven't joined those prestigious ranks yet, it might not be a bad idea to follow their journey and see what their books are about. Following anothers path of success can help point you in the right direction.
There is a community of 2011 debut authors being put together as we speak. So why should you join a community of other debut authors, aren't they your competition after all? No! They are your comrades. Success is not achieved alone nor is it an easy feat. Take a few friends of mine for example. They met on line and started a community of 2009 debutants, a great group of female writers who debuted this year. They support each other, blog about each other, and have even done some touring together. That kind of support is priceless in this industry!
The fantastic Alice Pope from Writers Digest is looking for 2011 debut authors to interview and feature! She does have a few guidelines to follow, I think you have to be published traditionally, it's all on her blog. Jump on that folks, it's great publicity that won't cost you a thing. Even if you aren't among the chosen yet, follow along and track how they pull this amazing feat off. It will help you when your time comes.
http://cwim.blogspot.com/ Alice Pope's call for debut authors
http://www.escapewith7.com/ 2009 Debut authors
http://community.livejournal.com/debut2009 more about the 2009 Debut authors (these girls have been busy!)