Prototype organization recommendations

I need a prototype that is separate from my working file that is a pristine presentation prototype. I have tried making my artboards components and just placing the instances in the prototype folder so I have a source of truth in the working file and the prototype instance can update when I publish the original in the working.

The problem is, the prototype links disappear when i update the components and i have to relink it all over again.

There are a lot of screens and me along with everyone else are bumping into the problem of everything needing to be on one page to be linkable in a prototype.

Any prototype organization recommendations?
Does anyone else have this need for a separate working / prototype file?