The Big Reveal

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?

Chloe Banks, Agented Author
Not as obsessive as I probably should be. I subscribe to a program called Jungle Disk which runs on my computer automatically, backing all my documents up on to an online service every single evening, so theoretically even if I lost the entire computer I’d be OK. I always intend to back-up somewhere else as well, but rarely remember. I do e-mail myself or other people occasionally.


Valerie Cole, Agented Author
Oh, yes! Command + S is practically my nervous twitch. I save everything straight to Dropbox (seriously, how did anyone trust their computer to save anything before Dropbox??). And if it’s a super important file (like a final manuscript to my agent), I save it in a special “Just In Case Everything Goes To Hell” folder in my email.


Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
I work in Scrivener, which backs up a copy of the work automatically (I believe every 5 minutes? It’s built in), while my main copy is saved in Google Drive working off my desktop (Also saved automatically when I close). My laptop is set to back itself up every couple of days and store these items on the cloud, so all my stories are backed up automatically many times. Having my main working copy in Google Drive allows me to open up my work on my other computer devices, which means more copies are also stored on the other devices as well.

It all sounds complicated and a bit overboard, but it’s all automatic – not having to think about it is quite nice. I just have to close my file and I can sleep well knowing all my work is backed up in more than one place.

Lara Schiffbauer, Un-agented Author
I am a back-up-aholic. I became a back-up-aholic when I lost an entire chapter for some reason I’ve forgotten. The bad thing is it takes so long to keep everything current. I definitely have to have a system in place (first the laptop, then to jump drive, then to drop box) or I get confused on which is the “right” one.


Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
What’s weird is that I have Super-OCD, but was never obsessive about backing up my work – until, of course, I lost a bunch of stuff I hadn’t saved  🙂
My current regimen is to save my work on Word and then download the latest copy onto a USB memory card. (Every month I also burn a disc, but that’s only to make me feel better as I know any major-meltdownio will happen the day before I’m scheduled to backup.)

Eileen Cook, Published Author
I’m a Mac user so I have the Time Machine back up.


Kelley Lynn, Pre-published Author
Ummm, obsessive, no. Though I do it fairly often. I have an external hard drive that I move everything to every so often.

How do you back up your work?

5 Responses

  1. Hey Suzi,

    You’ll laugh, but in the last two weeks, since I’ve been away, I’ve kept my USB drive and my laptop separate (normally together) so that a thief might steal something like my backpace, but at least my back up fille is in a “safe location.” 🙂

  2. I save to a USB. When I’m done for the day, I should save to my computer too, but sometimes I forget. And every once in a while I’ll e-mail my files to myself.

    Sometimes I have the irrational thoughts that the USB will get stolen too. Or lost somehow. A few times I’ve had to search for it and that’s not fun. 🙁

  3. I totally hear you on the fear of the USB getting stolen – except mine is fear of losing it when I’m carrying it between home and work, or (when I’m really being paranoid) that a tornado will come and destroy the house or we’ll have a fire or something. That’s why I started saving to drop box! And now you know how neurotic I really am. 🙁

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