So I suppose there would be those who would argue that an Author's best friend would be coffe. Or music. Or their beta readers, etc.
I would have to say that as an Author, my best friends are my husband, my editor and my publisher.
The husband is a no-brainer. He has to put up with my vacant stares. Or the pounding away furiously on the computer and mumbling, "Yeah" to his every question, never really hearing what he is asking. You have to feel sorry for him as he listens to every rewrite, change and plot problem there is. He has learned to make the best coffee in the world and hand it to me when I'm at my most stressed. But you may wonder about the editor and publisher.
My editor is a great blessing. In publishing houses a manuscript is gone over once for plot holes, then again for grammar, and one more time for any changes. They have three separate editors for this process. I have one and she does all of this!
When I first went through the process with her I thought it was going to be an easy four weeks. I just knew I only needed the grammar and sentence structure. Much to my astonishment and naivete, I had to rewrite a lot of scenes and work on plot first. What I imagined a four week walk-in-the-park turned into four months of learning. When I was done, I was amazed at the improved story flow she had created. I'm still of the opinion she has the Chicago Manual of Style memorized.
In my second book, it was a whole different scene as I was attempting to write non-fiction. Again she patiently helped me fix and patch. Do I always appreciate her? No. There are times in the flurry of rewrites I must say it's like having a tooth pulled. You are not feeling warm and fuzzy towards the dentist, but later when the pain is gone, you are grateful to them. She has become one of my best friends. I can't imagine writing anything without her stalwart editing and witty humor.
Then there is the publisher. This is a man with nerves of steel or a lot of empty time on his hands. Maybe it's both. All I know is he takes a very chopped manuscript and ferrets out all of the extra hard returns, mysterious spacing, and extra commas, periods and other Word anomalies that would keep the book from being accepted at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. He is a technological wonder to me.
He braves the world of tech speak and formatting glitches to produce a flawless typeset that breezes easily through Createspace and makes into a gorgeous layout in printed copy. If that isn't enough, he also does cover art! In my last project he took twenty-two photos of every type, file and size and created a work of art out of them.
Without my friends my attempts at being an Indy Author would fail. You too can have professional friends. I share! Contact them so you can see your work of art in print as well.
Chryse Wymer - Editor Extraordinaire - email@example.com
Rick Carufel - Richter Publishing - firstname.lastname@example.org