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?


Shelly Brown
Dangerously not obsessive. I email my manuscripts to myself. I have an external hard drive. I have a dropbox. I’m sporadic in my saving but I do it.

Crystal Collier
YES. I have lost way too many valuable documents so I auto save every one to five minutes, save a new file name whenever I make a drastic change (Ex: Moonless 3-15-12, Moonless 3-20-12) and back up my draft via email about once a month


Jessica Sayler
I’m not as obsessed as I should be. I just save it on my computer. Sometimes I do e-mail it to myself, just to be sure.

Madeline Mora-Summonte
I back up my work on the computer and on a flash drive. I also print out a final version so I have a hard copy for my files.


Rebecca Barrow
During drafting I save a copy to my computer and then to my dropbox. Once I have a full, finished draft I also save it to a memory stick and email it to myself. Plus, I often send drafts to my iPad to read as a Kindle document so I have that, too. Losing work is my worst fear.

Chad Morris
Right now, I’m writing on Pages on my Ipad and have it set to back up on the icloud. I also email myself copies just to be sure. Then, just for good measure, I print out copies of my draft every other day on acid-free paper, laminate it for protection, and hide it in a great granite fault underneath a mountain.

Okay, I got a little carried away. It was all true, except for the laminating.

And the granite fault.


Are you obsessive about backing up your work?

8 Responses

  1. LOL, Chad. It must be a big mountain if you do it every other day. 🙂

    I should be more consistent, but I’m not.

    Sometimes I dropbox it, but usually I’ll just save an additional copy of my writing folder on the computer. I usually work off a flash drive. I’ve never lost anything huge but I’m scared that it might happen someday.

  2. We have a backup system but I email my MS to myself almost every day. Losing my work would be the worst. I need to get a big mountain like Chad and invest in a laminating machine. Brilliant!

  3. For a while I was not and when my computer crashed I lost almost all of my work. That opened up my eyes and now I back up every day. There is never to much backing up.

  4. LOL! Love the answers, especially Chad’s. I DO try to be obsessive about it, although I think I could be even more so. It would really suck to loose all that hard work!

  5. For reasons I still haven’t completely determined, my Sony Vaio and Windows 8/8.1 don’t get along, so it crashes every week or two. I had Carbonite, which automated everything, but I got tired of the three-day process of restoring everything from backup after a crash, so I just keep everything on a USB flash drive that I back up to two computers now. I wish I could use Carbonite! Maybe once I get this darn Windows 8 thing figured out.

  6. So crazy! I didn’t realize so many people still backed things up via paper. Can I just say I’d have a whole room dedicated just to MY books if I did that? And I may have bankrupt myself from buying paper.

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