If you need some inspiration from the greats, take a look at this article about authors and their editors. I have worked with some amazing editors in the educational publishing business. (I’d like to find an article about the relationship between some famous authors and their agents, too.)
Flavorwire » The Artist and the Critic: 8 Famous Author/Editor Relationships.
If you have time this afternoon, you might want to read this delightful interview with a fascinating author.
Colm Tóibín: you have to be a terrible monster to write – Telegraph.