Author Tip: Is Your Book in the Clouds?

Why should authors back up their data?

Hard Drive back up DT2Author Authors writing dataBecause we’ve all been there. And when you’re an author, words are your love, your lifeline, and your living. So we can’t afford to arbitrarily lose them. But the scenarios are all too familiar. Either you’ve worked for hours on something in a Word doc and neglected to save it, or you’ve had the big kahuna: the hard drive just fails. One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve dealt with computer salespeople over the years, the always say the exact same thing:

Hard drives just fail. They just do. That’s what happens.

Great. So as an author, I recommended one key thing:

Use cloud storage.

There’s nothing wrong with having your docs only on your laptop, tower, tablet or phone…but that means that’s the only place that they exist. I recommended keeping either your main copy or a backup copy in the Cloud. Use a service that specializes in data storage. If you use it as your main storage, then your latest copies will always be available on any device that can connect to the internet. Here’s a simple comparison chart to get you started:

Cloud Companies Chart

Company OneDrive Dropbox Google Drive Box Amazon Cloud Drive
Free storage  5 GB 2 GB 15 GB 10 GB None
Earn extra storage? No Yes No No No
File size limits 10 GB 10 GB on website, none with app 5 TB 250 MB free plan, 5 GB paid personal plan 2 GB
Paid plans $2/mnth 50GB $10/mnth1TB $2/month 100GB, $10/mnth 1TB $10/mnth 100GB $12/year unlimited photos, $60/year unlimited files
OSes supported Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, Android, iOS Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire

I learned to keep my stuff in the cloud the hard way. No need for you to do so.

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