Welcome to the Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.
Are you obsessive about backing up your work?
Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
I back up on Time Machine & email myself. Lots of times I email my CPs too just so they can have the latest versions.
Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
I wish I were better about it! At various points during the process I’ll e-mail it to myself or put it in a Dropbox, but usually I do that so that I can write elsewhere. That it gets backed up is really just a bonus.
Jenny Morris, Agented Author
Well, I used to email it to myself because I write at work and at home. Now I have a thumb drive I keep it all on, in addition to my computer at home. I also email it to myself sometimes.
Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Agented Author
Totally obsessive! I e-mail my wip to myself like once a week. And save it in my computer like every five minutes!
Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
Very much so. My computer has a tendency to turn off without saving anything so I’m constantly hitting the save button (usually every chapter, or every few pages/paragraphs depending). Sometimes if I have internet, I’ll back up my work via e-mail, but most of the times I have two external hard drives that get new copies every time I do another draft.
Theresa Paulo, Un-Agented Author
I should probably be a little more obsessive about it. I used to be. I would email it to myself and keep it in a backup folder, save it to my flash drive, my external hard drive and my desktop. Now I just save it to my desktop. Now I’m paranoid. Excuse me while I go get my flash drive.
Mindi Scott, Published Author
Oh, man. I should be more obsessive. I email myself copies every once in a while. I also email chapters to my critique partner, which means that they always get saved in my email’s sent folder.
Steph Campbell, Published Author
I didn’t used to be. I used to just save it and that was it. Then I lost ¾ of Delicate two weeks before it’s scheduled release and now I am a total nutter about backing up. I email it to myself, store it in Google docs and save it to an external drive whenever I make substantial changes. It’s likely overkill, but I am super paranoid now.
How do you back up your work?