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

Make Your Book a Movie or TV / Streaming Series

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 campfires of our time.

And those fires have become more numerous—offering adaptable storytellers an unprecedented opportunity to get their stories on the screen. While the […]

By |2022-01-06T15:20:13+00:00|General, JRM, Screenwriting & Screenplay Adaptation|Comments Off on Make Your Book a Movie or TV / Streaming Series

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 own right, thus drawing Hollywood’s attention. Because in the same way that sharks are drawn to blood, Hollywood is drawn to money. But…

By |2022-01-12T17:57:04+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 in 2021

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 options than ever before.

While traditional publishing’s priorities often feel more corporate and profit-driven in this era, there are still plenty of fine literary agents […]

By |2021-05-11T16:53:43+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 in 2021

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 face it: traditional outlines—with formatting and structure imposed by programs like Microsoft Word—can be a huge pain, especially when you want to change things. All […]

By |2019-06-17T16:44:18+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

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 rip through this…

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

 

 

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By |2019-06-17T19:25:48+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

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: being an author is a noble profession, but reaching the financial pinnacle of our chosen profession requires more than the ability to put brilliant words on paper.

Consider Forbes […]

By |2019-06-17T19:58:46+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