SPP216 The Tool That Will Change How Much You Write

Self Publishing Podcast

The Sterling and Stone guys have been hard at work creating the next-gen writing experience, not just for solo authors, but especially for collaborators. The new StoryShop platform goes so far beyond what was originally planned, and you can look forward to incredibly elegant solutions to all your writing needs, from planning to packaging.

  • The guys bitch about Blab and leave the platform without telling their podcast network manager. (Seriously, I’m finding out right now as I edit this.)
  • Something cool: Johnny loves the books by Phillip Paulman; Dave talks about Twitter’s huge freakin’ problem with passwords; Sean likes Happy Valley that has a very ugly hook.
  • Seth give an update on the StoryShop problems, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
  • The guys discuss what caused the initial beta problems, and what they would have done differently next time.
  • Sean talks about what ‘beta’ actually means in software development, and how a miscommunication caused people to think that StoryShop was a complete product.
  • Seth talks about the deep level of detail for the software, including support for color blindness.
  • The guys make a *big reveal* of an INCREDIBLE function of StoryShop that no one has heard about yet.
  • Sean and Johnny discuss the ways that the new StoryShop will improve upon the parts of Scrivener that don’t work for collaboration and more.
  • Seth explains how syncing isn’t an issue with the StoryShop platform.
  • The guys discuss how the web app will become a native app, from Web to PC to OSX to Android.
  • Johnny lists out some of the things that make the StoryShop platform next gen.
  • Sean has a ‘drop the mic’ moment when he gives his heartfelt mission in creating StoryShop.
  • Dave has a classic moment where he lays out the worst case scenario where Sterling and Stone goes broke because of mean people on the Internet.


  1. Stephen Langford says:

    Hi guys, thanks for your work. Avid listener. Regarding Scrivener, I agree multi-user sharing might be clunky and dangerous for overwriting previous edits, but wondering if you have the Dropbox APP on your computers (vs using the online portal only) so that all changes are constantly synced on all users’ computers? It does this by having a set of sync folders on your hard drive(s) which, as long as you’re connected to internet, it’ll keep those folders synced to latest Scrivener edits constantly. I use this on two computers (but only one user, me). You might already have all that in place and still have problems – just a heads up.

    Thanks again, Langford

  2. Hey guys, wanted to chime in on your password conundrum that was knocked about in the preamble/convo phase of this podcast.

    Having a different password for every site is not hard, and you don’t have to trust a third party company.

    This is my method, though what follows, it goes without saying, are not my ACTUAL passwords by hypothetical passwords.

    Okay, so, the formula is XXXYYYZZZ##
    For the XXX, call it X1, X2, X3, I use the same three letter combo for everything. call it abc. for Z1Z2Z3, I use a random assortment of numbers and letters. the reason these are different is my Zs were chosen randomly and my Xs are a three letter combo that has some meaning. Yours can be whatever. Let’s say my Z1Z2Z3 are h94 (random).

    Now, the Y1Y2Y3 is where it gets clever. Whatever the website is you’re generating the password for, pick whatever three leters signify it and use them there.

    American Airlines? AAL
    Sterling and Stone? SAS
    Reddit? RED

    etc etc

    then, the last two charachters are a number and a symbol. I always use the same symbol at the end, for instance, ‘&’, and the first of the two numbers are sequential. When some website forces me to change my password that sequential number goes up. It starts at 1 and then if I have to change it I use 2, etc. etc.

    All that to say, you can quickly generate new passwords, totally forget them, and then arrive at a website and use them.

    Example: I need a new password for spotify: abcSPOh941&
    Looks complicated right? Nope. XXXYYYZZZ##

    Twitter got hacked? It was abcTWTh941&, now it’s abcTWTh942&

    Where using a system really comes into play well is, when arriving at a rarely used website that I KNOW I signed up for an account with, I can basicaly say “Well I know it’s a variant of my normal password, so what was the YYY?”

    None of your passwords match. All of your passwords are easy to remember. You don’t have them stored anywhere off-site.

    BONUS: paranoid and want to store you passwords anyways? You can put them all in a spreadsheet and leave off X3 and Z3, so anyone who stumbles upon the gold-mine of your passwords will think they have all of them but none will work.

    I know this is a little complex, but this is one of those modern problems that, if you spend ten minutes on a system one time, your whole digital existence spreads like butter on warm toast since you’re not constantly trying to remember old passwords or worried that your exposed by some other company you’ve signed up with getting hacked.

    I’m a chemical engineer and writer. Check out my novel, The Shooter Act, about autonomous car crashes, political corruption, and an American plagued by mass shootings: https://www.amazon.com/Shooter-Act-Turner-J-Tomlinson/dp/099757240X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467422937&sr=8-1&keywords=the+shooter+act

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