Screenplays & Screenplay Adaptations

Critique, editing, and ghostwriting services for screenplay adaptations, original screenplays, treatments, pitches and more

Overview of Services

Writing a book and writing for the screen are two different things, and demand very different skill sets. TED’s Director of Development John Robert Marlow knows this better than most. As a novelist, Academy-honored screenwriter and author of Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan), John is uniquely qualified to help evaluate your story’s screen potential, guide your own adaptation—or write the adaptation for you. With the additional support of professional screenwriters Jacqueline Sinclair and Robert Blake Whitehill, we provide a full range of critique, editing, and revision services for original screenplays, treatments, series proposals and more.

The process varies based on your needs, objectives, and budget but may include the following:

  • A review of your completed manuscript, published book, or work-in-progress to assess adaptation potential and identify the best approach for the adaptation
  • Professional collaboration and/or screenwriting for film and TV/streaming
  • Development and editing support for original scripts and completed adaptations
  • Guidance on film and TV/streaming markets
  • Development and editing of pitch materials for theatrical, streaming, and broadcast markets
  • Advice and guidance from knowledgeable industry insiders on how to pitch your work to agents, managers, and producers.

Screenplay and adaptation support services are billed at either $75 per hour, or a flat rate based on the length and format of the source material and the nature of the work to be done. For more information or to get started, please click the button below, or contact Ross Browne in the Tucson office.


Informal Q&A or consultation with adaptation specialist John Robert Marlow; for writers considering adaptation to feature or series format.

No charge for first 15 minutes; $75 per hour thereafter.

A candid, industry-savvy evaluation of book or manuscript film crossover potential.

$0.008 per word (just under one cent) for manuscripts over 50,000 words.

One-on-one help with a scene-by-scene outline to chart your adaptation’s course before the writing begins.

$1,500 and up

Recommended Reading

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.

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[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 [...]