If it’s important, back it up. I learned that the hard way last weekend. My trusty thumb drive, aka, my portable office, died on me, causing panic of the worst kind. You all know the panic. The, oh my God, where’s my novel, panic.
Thankfully I had everything backed up with the exception of the chapters I was currently editing. My wonderful and very smart husband managed to extract the information. So I got those chapters back as well, but not before I chewed a couple of fingers into nubs.
Please back it up! I email everything I write to my Yahoo email account as I finish it. I also transfer it over to another thumb drive. This one never leaves the house.
I know it’s overkill, but I’d rather be a little paranoid than lose my work. I was still deep in edits on chapters two and three of my manuscript when my thumb drive died, which is why they hadn’t been backed up yet.
What do you all do as a back up?
Do you email work to yourself? Save everything 0n a CD? Print hard copies? Pay for an online storage site?
Do you have any other, more reliable, or safer suggestions?