Having created your masterpieces, the next most important thing (after getting them to your market place) is to keep them safe, and accessible.
Many photographers are, at best, haphazard about backing up their images and maintaining an archive that will enable them to find their images in a hurry. Many have no processes to protect their images against accidental deletion or sudden and catastrophic equipment failure.
I will outline here a few of the procedures that I use, that ensure that should I lose some images I can retrieve them from my back-up systems.
Firstly, and most importantly don’t rely on a single back-up strategy, CDs and DVDs fail, often without warning, you burn them, you test them and put them somewhere safe and 6 months later they are un-readable. The problem is that you cannot tell what ones will fail or why. External Hard disks can also be prone to failure (in fact there is only two types of hard disk; ones that are about to fail and ones that have failed).