I had my first direct anthology invite today. I won't say much about the antho, since it is only now being shopped around to publishers. Still, it was very flattering to have someone track me down without my sending them a query, or even having any idea they were doing an anthology.
And on a related note, my Clarion West class has been talking about doing an antho. As discussion progresses, several ideas are being kicked around. It's come to our attention that some of our writer friends and mentors have fallen upon hard times. This is common in this field, but heartbreaking all the same. Our goal is to reprint some of our stories and give readers the option to donate to a fund that will go to certain writers in need. I'll post more about this as the project develops.