This CAN happen to you.
Author Sarah Rees Brennan recently underwent quite an ordeal (and right before the release of her first novel “The Demon’s Lexicon”). Someone hacked into her e-mail account and from there her live journal. They deleted all her e-mail, contact list, and every post on her blog (seven years worth). The worst part was the timing of the attack. Six days before the release of her novel. Gone were the posts about her book deal and everything she’d gone through until now. The first e-mail from her publisher was lost forever. And all the pertinent information on people she needed to contact before her release date was deleted. Devastating for any writer. I feel for her.
We’ve all heard we should save our stories (and some of us have learned the hard way that we should do this in multiple places… oops!), but somehow, e-mail and blogs seemed safe. What an eye-opener! Check out Kristin Nelson’s blog where Sarah Rees Brennan tells the whole story as well as offers tips on how to protect ourselves.
Have you been backing up your blog posts, e-mails, and contact lists? Better start now.