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Saving Your Work

Back up and running but I had a computer problem that could have been a disaster. Fortunately, I am an inveterate saver so I had backups of all my work. I bought a new laptop and was up and running again in minutes.
If you’re not backing up your work, here are a few tips that will help you get started.
·The old fashioned way - Print. It can’t hurt for you to keep a hard copy of your work. The downside is if your story is “in process.” That means your hard copy is stale after a day or two and you have to make another copy to keep it current.
·Second computer - if you have a second computer, you can easily email yourself a copy of your work.
·“The Cloud” - Google and others offer data storage housed at a secure location. It costs.
·USB flash drives - by far my favorite. I carry a flash drive with me everywhere I go. It has the complete writing files from my computer. They are cheap and some can hold gigabytes of data. A friend needed a copy of my book for a review and I wasn’t close to hom…

What are your goals?

My goals for 2013
1. One way or another, publish my YA novel The Fountain of the Earth. Right now it’s sort of in limbo with a publisher. But if they wind up passing on it, I’ll pub it myself.
2. Finish the two novels I have in progress. One is the sequel to TFOTE the other is a PI mystery.
3. Keep at it and don’t give up. If I keep trying, then I’ll succeed.
4. Keep finding new ways to market. No one is going to sell for you not even the Big Five publishers.
5. Listen to and accept criticism.
6. Network, network, network. It will help with the rest of my goals. Except, that is, number 2. I’m the only one who can keep me glued to the work desk.