Here's a good (brief) piece on choosing references... eventually I'll get back to the information packet and will offer some additional thoughts to this.
I finished ordination last month, and my ordination service was 10 days ago (2/17). It was great!
I sent out a handful of proposals for the transition book yesterday. No telling how they will respond, but I'm shooting for the big guys first: Baker Academic, Eerdmans, InterVarsity Press, Zondervan. Also on this list to hit soon: Jossey-Bass, Abingdon, Alban Institute, Christian Focus, P&R, Wipf & Stock, and The Church Growth Institute.