Denny’s Daily Zinger: Danger! Safeguard Your Work!

Denny's Carbonite customer service call. Click to enlarge.

  • In 1922, Ernest Hemingway’s wife, Hadley Richardson, left both the original manuscripts and carbon copies of all the early short stories on a train in the Gare de Lyon in Paris. They were never found.
  • T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) left the original manuscript of his “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” in the café of the Reading railroad station in England and never found it.

My Father’s Technique
As a kid, I vividly remember how my father worked. He scrawled all 40 of his books in unreadable pencil script on lined paper. Every couple of days we would drive over to the house of his secretary, who typed two copies—an original and a carbon. The first copy was for editing. The second copy was immediately stored in the trunk of the car, so if the house burned down, his work would not be lost.

What I Do—A Safe Plus Carbonite
Weekly I back up everything onto an external drive, transfer it all to my laptop and store the drive in my safe.

I also subscribe to Carbonite. These folks have perpetual access to my computer. If a gas explosion takes out my house (and not me), I can retrieve all my files from Carbonite.

This morning I received an email from Carbonite saying the back-up was not working. I called customer service and gave Sandi the keys to my computer. She spent a wearying hour troubleshooting, finally righting the situation.

At $59.95 a year, I sleep soundly with Carbonite.

Denny Hatch’s new book is Write Everything Right! Bob Schwarztrauber writes, “Veteran writer Denny Hatch has mastered the writing business. It is your good fortune and mine that he has come out with a brand new book that will help us avoid making time-wasting, profit-wasting mistakes when we write. His book is titled, Write Everything Right! You need this book if you are serious about writing and getting paid well for it. Click here to download (opens as a PDF) and read the first three chapters FREE. The title is also available on Kindle. Reach Denny at

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at

Related Content
  • Judy Colbert

    Oh, Denny – I can see my next book – rummaging through an old French flea market and voila! I find the old original manuscripts — are they real or has someone aged paper and copied Hemingway’s style? Does it matter?

    Yes, I’m a Carbonite subscriber and I’ve had the back-up not working thing. Scary thought that what I thought was backed-up wasn’t.