StoryTracker Review for iPhone, iPad & Mac

By on Nov 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

Are you a writer? If you’ve ever submitted your manuscripts—be they poetry, short stories, novels, or other forms of writing—to various markets, you’ll know how tricky it can get to keep tabs on your submissions. This is especially important since you don’t want to be sending a story to the same market twice, or simultaneously submitting a story to more than one market (unless they don’t mind). Luckily, StoryTracker by Andrew Nicolle is here to help.

Review
StoryTracker – a submission tracking tool for writers is available as a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, as well as for the Mac. As mentioned earlier, this app enables you to record your story submissions and as many markets as you wish.

For each story (or whatever projects you have), you can enter the title, word count, genre, markets submitted to, income earned, etc. You’re also given some space to add miscellaneous notes. When adding submissions, you’ll be able to record your send date, response date, and the type of response. For the markets, you can take note of the word limit, pay rate, etc, and key in various contact details, such as the editor’s name, address, website, and email. From here, you can proceed to load the market’s website, make a phone call, or send emails. Essentially, StoryTracker covers all your basic submission needs.

As a writer, I found StoryTracker to be a simple and useful tool. You won’t have to struggle with creating your own database (which I’ve done in the past), and may simply focus on what’s important: entering the data. The app isn’t yet perfect, but I believe the developer, who is a writer himself, should be sufficiently motivated to keep improving StoryTracker in future updates. One major area I hope to see worked on is more seamless syncing between devices, using Dropbox and/or iCloud. Currently, you can export/import data manually between your iOS device and Mac over wifi, however, you can’t send data from your iPhone to your iPad. Other little details that could do with some tweaking include allowing us to enter a range for a market’s word count, rather than only a word limit, since some markets specify a minimum word count. Secondly, also related to markets, I would like to be able to add more than one genre. It isn’t unusual for a magazine to accept, for example, fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Recommendation
Overall, although there’s room for the app to grow, StoryTracker is well recommended as an easy way for you to compile detailed records of your manuscript submissions. The universal app for the iOS is currently available in the App Store for $7.99, and the Mac version is available in the Mac App Store for $19.99.

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Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.

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  • Dylan Kinnett

    Looks like they’ve added the syncing features you mentioned in the upcoming versions.