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Paper to keep: Editor's Notes #187
May 31, 2015
Hello,

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
--Peter De Vries


In this issue:

1. Paper to keep
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site



1. Paper to keep
Many people find it hard to control the amount of paper they keep. Some, like me (the former me), find a sense of power in the possession of paper and believe that more is better.

I've had a conversion of sorts and sent carloads of paper, shredded or otherwise, to the recycling depot. I am now ready to explain which paper to keep when you are a writer.

Keep your research notes. You truly never know when you will need these. Include your bibliographical records. I keep this material in small card files because the that's how I create them. Each of my writing projects that needed research or a bibliography has a set of cards. Big projects get their own little card file box. Smaller ones share.

Keep versions of your projects if you made significant changes that you may want to refer to later. When might you want to refer to older versions? When you do workshops or presentations on your process or when you do a spin-off or sequel. I keep versions either in three-hole binders or file folders that live in a special file box that I can store out of the way, in my case, in the garage where I have shelving for this purpose. Do what works for you.

Keep business records. Keep everything your jurisdiction needs for your income and deductions related to your writing. If you self-publish and have books on consignment, keep track of how many books have been sold by each vendor and how many are still outstanding. I use the back of the contract for this information. I keep these papers in an expandable file, filed alphabetically by vendor.

Some people, including me, are, at least in part, paperless. In this case, back up everything at least once. Now that I'm using my computer for much of my actual composing, versions of my newer writing are on my computer and on my external hard drive. I don't need new boxes and shelves to store all that work.

My clients have extra storage: my computer and external hard drive. I am seldom asked for old manuscripts, but a few clients have had big computer crashes and have asked for and received my digital copies of their writing.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
Thanks to Sheila Weaver for this contribution from a church bulletin:
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

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3. Interesting Web site
Here is a site with examples of some forms writers might need. Note please that this is American, and also note the disclaimer on the page.
http://copylaw.com/forms/forms.html

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