A large publisher is interested, but wants to make changes that you don't agree with. Meanwhile, a tiny publisher believes in the book the way it is. You are so excited. The book comes out.
Four days later, the publisher goes down the tubes. You persuade the publisher to donate the rest of the print run to Super Sibs, an organization that supports siblings of cancer patients. And in the midst of all this turmoil, the boy with cancer dies.
Your publishing career seems to be over when it barely had a chance to begin.
But wait. There's more!
A few days after you donate the books, you learn that the book is a fall Book Sense pick. Only there are no more books. Will you have to self publish? Plus it's been nominated for a BBYA.
And then your book gets picked up by Scholastic and does great. And now you have a new book out and it's getting reviews.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of Jordan Sonnenblick. You can read more Publishers Weekly and Bookpage. The books are Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and Notes from a Midnight Driver. And for those of you who are authors and who want to be jealous - that second book was just eight weeks from idea to finished book. While he was working full time!
[Full disclosure: I have been called twice in the last few months by the bone marrow donor folks. Here's hoping I'm a match!]