Posts and articles from author, editor, and screenwriter John Robert Marlow.

Make Your Book a Movie or TV / Streaming Series What Hollywood wants. Why they want it badly. How to maximize your odds of adaptation success.

[by John Robert Marlow]

Humans have always been storytellers. Whether gathered around a campfire, painting on cave walls, or writing words on dead trees or glowing screens—it’s in our blood. Books and other storytelling formats can be noble undertakings, capable of reaching hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of people. But movies and series are the global […]

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Adapting Your Book for the Screen A Hollywood primer

[by John Robert Marlow]

So you want your book to be a movie. (Or series.) Who doesn’t, right? Most authors dream about this, but few do more than cross their fingers and hope Hollywood will come knocking. And, hey, sometimes that happens. Usually after the book (or book series) has become hugely successful in its […]

By |2022-02-20T17:38:38+00:00|JRM, Screenwriting & Screenplay Adaptation|Comments Off on Adapting Your Book for the Screen A Hollywood primer

Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options for 2022

[by Ross Browne and John Robert Marlow]

Publishing has changed a lot in the 40 years since The Editorial Department opened its doors—and not necessarily for the better, in the eyes of many. But it’s nonetheless an exciting time to be a writer, in large part because when it comes to getting published, you have more […]

By |2022-02-15T18:20:10+00:00|General, Getting Published, JRM, Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options for 2022

Revise Your Book, Hollywood-Style A novelist, screenwriter, and editor shares his take on a secret weapon for manuscript revision

[by John Robert Marlow]

Are you an author who

  • Has never tried using an outline?
  • Likes the idea of outlining, but gave up on it because it was too much trouble—or just didn’t work for you?
  • Uses an outline for initial story planning, but not for revisions?
  • Would rather have a root canal than use an outline?

If so, you’re not alone. Let’s […]

By |2022-02-15T20:31:58+00:00|Developmental Editing, JRM, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Revise Your Book, Hollywood-Style A novelist, screenwriter, and editor shares his take on a secret weapon for manuscript revision

Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

[by John Robert Marlow]

This blog is part of a series. To see Part 1 and find out what Hollywood wants your story to have, please click here.

Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, and let’s […]

By |2022-02-14T22:45:18+00:00|JRM, Screenwriting & Screenplay Adaptation, Trends|Comments Off on Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 1) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

[by John Robert Marlow]

Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, and let’s rip through this…

TED’s Director of Development, John Robert Marlow, presents a crash course in determining if your novel has cinematic potential.

THE AWFUL TRUTH

Let’s face it: […]

By |2022-02-14T22:46:02+00:00|JRM, Screenwriting & Screenplay Adaptation, The Writer’s Craft, Trends|Comments Off on Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 1) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation
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