John Robert Marlow
Author, editor, and screenwriter specializing in manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, ghostwriting, screenplay adaptations, and independent publishing support.
John Robert Marlow is a traditionally-published (and soon to be indie-published) novelist and nonfiction book author, and an Academy-honored screenwriter. He has over 20 years’ experience as a freelance journalist, and more than 15 years’ experience as a book editor and researcher.
John’s tech-thriller novel Nano was published in hardcover and paperback by Tor/Forge (St. Martin’s Press), and he literally wrote the book on film adaptations—after extensive interviews with novelists, screenwriters, directors, producers, and others whose movies have collectively earned over $50 billion worldwide. Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood (published by St. Martin’s Griffin).
One of John’s action screenplays went into development with director and producer Jan de Bont, whose credits include Speed, Twister, Minority Report and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Another action script is also in development. When John took a brief vacation, the producer of the Tom Cruise / Jamie Foxx action-thriller Collateral hired a private detective to find him—so she could option (from John) a romantic comedy she’d just read, before anyone else.
For the past year, John has been researching indie publishing while writing (and preparing to rapid-release) a six-book science fiction series. He draws on that knowledge—gained through hundreds of hours of research—when consulting self-publishing.
John joined The Editorial Department in 2006. His client work has included editing, writing, revising and ghostwriting novels, screenplays, nonfiction books, book proposals, query letters, loglines, pitch sheets, screenplay treatments, and series bibles. He’s also analyzed novels, nonfiction works, short fiction and nonfiction for commercial (and screen adaptation) potential—recommending changes to improve concept, plot, character, dialogue, narration and marketability. He’s written screenplay adaptations of novels and nonfiction, and book adaptations of screenplays.
John’s first love is commercial fiction: novels and screenplays in the action, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, drama, and comedy (including romantic comedy) genres. Running a close second to these are compelling nonfiction and “quirky” fiction.