Luckily I write the first draft by hand. But the one time I didn’t do that, I lost about 5 chapters. It really sucked, but I learned the lesson. I will keep writing first drafts by hand, which allows me more creativity so that’s a good thing.
It was my fault though, but it all worked out in the end. I almost sent an o.k. draft to an editor who was a jerk! 😉 ❤
Imagine your eighty thousand word novel disappearing before you publish it – never to be seen again. Obviously you know what your story is about, but there’s no way you could ever get it down just the way you had it after months or years of scribbling, tweaking, and editing. Imagine also all of those bits and pieces on your computer – plotlines for future tales – research – links – bookmarks – pictures – covers – lots of other important things – also disappearing. Or how about some crazy hacker fellow getting into all your online sites and wreaking havoc, stealing your stuff, and breaking all the windows. Scary thought, but all of these things have happened many, many times.
Spending money on protecting these things is even more important than spending money on editing or cover art to begin with. *Ducks to avoid missiles thrown by editors and…
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