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The Big Reveal

September 5, 2012 by Suzi

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?


7 Comments »

  1. Kyra Lennon says:

    I should be much better about backing up my work than I am! Most times, I just email it to myself, but I do have an external hard drive as an added precaution. :D

  2. Suzi says:

    I usually save to my hard drive and to my flash drive. Sometimes I e-mail. And when I get done with big drafts, I’ll save it as a pdf too.

    @ Steph: I still can’t imagine losing 3/4 of your work like that. And 2 weeks before the release. I am amazed that you pulled it all back together so quickly.

  3. E-mailing is a great way to back up work. I should do that more often.

    Great post!

  4. I am an obsessive backer upperer. In a previous life I was a lighting designer and once a computer board dumped all my lighting cues the night before opening. I had a back up, but it wasn’t the most recent changes I’d made. That taught me the phrase, “Save Early-Save Often.”

  5. Morgan Shamy says:

    It’s fun when I know most of those peeps up there! I email my work every night to back it up. And I’m totally in the habit of saving it after every line I write, lol! Fun post!

  6. Janeal Falor says:

    I definitely e-mail it to myself a lot. In fact, I just barely got done doing that. Glad to know I’m not alone!

  7. Jenny Morris says:

    Well at least I’m not any more obsessive about it than most. ;0)

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