This is a public service announcement.
On the same day, my daughter’s laptop was stolen, losing all of her grad school essays and all her papers she’d written while in college, and one of my author’s laptop was stolen out of her car, losing the final draft of her book. Thankfully, she’d fired off the final to me a couple weeks prior so I sent the copy back to her. But my poor kid lost everything.
In the course of seven years, I’ve blown up three computers and burned my old laptop’s motherboard three times (insufficient fan). In all those cases, I lost everything, which made me consider diving under a Mack truck or losing myself at the bottom of a bottle of cheap vodka. It was devastating. Anyone who has suffered the same fate knows exactly what I’m talking about.
So take precautions and save your sanity. I signed up with Carbonite and sleep much better at night. ‘Course, the beagle’s margaritas and a fresh box of Twinkies help. There are other off-site file storage companies, so look around. Mozy is one, too.
I know I sound like a commercial, but really, there is nothing like knowing you’ll never lose your book again – or all your company’s files. Last time my laptop blew, I had to pay nearly a grand to have some guy restore my damaged files. Worth every dime, but oh, did it hurt writing that check. I pay $50 a year to Carbonite. My files update automatically. I don’t do a thing.
Go. Get it. Breathe a sigh of relief.