Bio

by John Robert Marlow

John's bio      Jacqueline's bio

JOHN ROBERT MARLOW is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and adaptation specialist.

John Marlow at hardcover book signing.

NOVELS AND NONFICTION BOOKS

John’s first tech-thriller novel, Nano, was published in hardcover by Forge/St. Martin’s Press in 2004, and was immediately recognized as fast-paced, cinematic, and accurate (“Marlow’s debut is a real page-turner”—Kirkus Reviews; “Reads like a big-budget summer blockbuster”—Booklist), and was honored with the Nanotechnology Now Editor’s Choice Award (“Plausible, scientifically accurate, and timely … the most important piece of fiction written to date”). Nano was declared Book of the Month by Humanity+, and a revised paperback edition was published in 2005.)

John’s nonfiction book Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood draws on his own experience and that of over two dozen authors, screenwriters, directors, producers, comic book publishers, entertainment attorneys and others whose movies (many of them adaptations) have collectively won dozens of Academy Awards and earned tens of billions of dollars.
SCREENWRITING AND PRODUCING

The adapted Nano screenplay John wrote recently went into development with producer-director Jan de Bont (Speed, Twister, Minority Report), and has drawn mention in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Times.

Collateral producer Julie Richardson liked John’s romantic adventure comedy screenplay Snowjob so much, she hired a private investigator to track him down on vacation so she could option it before anyone else.

In 2012, John closed a deal on another adapted screenplay (based on his own sci-fi comic script), which he will executive produce. More details soon.

Before making his first deal, John was twice a finalist (top 10 of over 5,000 entries) in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the same organization that awards the Oscars). Over the course of the program’s 25-year history, over 50,000 screenwriters have competed for top honors. John is one of only seven to reach the top 10 twice, and the only one to do so with adaptations.

John receives second Nicholl Fellowships finalist award at the Academy

Others who’ve reached this level have gone on to write films like Air Force One, Arlington Road, Armored, Erin Brockovich, Pocahontas, the Transformers movies, 28 Days, and the Castle tv series.

A few recent writing credits

NONFICTION ON WRITING

John’s nonfiction articles and photography have appeared in numerous print and online publications with circulations of up to 30 million. His articles on writing have been published in the Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market and the 2012 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market (both from Writer’s Digest Books), The Writer, Writers’ Journal, and Fellow Script, and online at Backspace, Women On Writing, Writing-World, and his blogs: Make Your Story a Movie and the Self Editing Blog—both of which offer free advice to storytellers. (Click here for a list of John’s recent articles on writing.) He also posts tips and links on twitter as John_Marlow.

OTHER NONFICTION

John’s nonfiction articles and photography have covered a wide variety of topics, including BASE jumping, lifesaving medicines, automobile engine buildups, terrorist incidents, robotic surgeons, neural nets, invisible lasers, nanotechnology, and the global security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies. He has interviewed people ranging from businessmen and police officers to Nobel laureate Sir Francis Crick and visionary filmmaker James Cameron.

EDITING – DEVELOPMENT – CONSULTING & ADAPTATIONS

John has worked as a developmental editor since 2001, upgrading the screenplays, novel and book manuscripts of others to the point where they can be offered for sale. In 2011, he teamed with longtime adaptation partner Jacqueline Sinclair to launch the Make Your Story a Movie blog to offer free advice and fee-based services to those wishing to turn their books and other stories into movies. The site also serves as a constantly-updated companion to the Make Your Story a Movie book, and offers a wealth of original material and interviews. Additional content for writers can be found on John’s Self Editing Blog.

OTHER

In addition to writing, editing, development and producing, John has worked as a website designer and content creator, as a researcher for books and for television documentaries aired by the world’s largest broadcaster. He has also worked as a software usability consultant and video game consultant.

Born in Pennsylvania, John now resides in Los Angeles. His interests include fine food, antiques, film, literature, art, architecture, comics, music, leading-edge technologies, history, and photography. His storybookers.com website is the #1 Google hit on “storybook architecture,” and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times,
Cottages & Bungalows, CNBC and other media.

John is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the nonprofit Lifeboat Foundation.

Jacqueline Sinclair.JACQUELINE SINCLAIR wrote and segment produced television documentaries for six years, covering historical, crime, and supernatural topics. She spent two years as feature story editor for producer John Jacobs, and has worked as a story and script consultant for nine years. Jacqueline co-authored the Make Your Book A Movie article, and has lived in five countries.

John's recent articles and interviews on writing

A few of John’s articles and interviews on writing…  (Click here for John’s bio.)

• Film-Friendly Writing: Crafting a Story with Hollywood Appeal
Writing Forward blog (December 2012)

• The 8-Minute Book Query (That Landed an Agent in 8 Minutes Flat)
Make Your Story a Movie blog (December 2012)

• Ten Things Hollywood Wants in source Material and Screenplays
The Huffington Post book blog (December 2012)

• Concept: Your Story’s Hollywood Pitch
The Writing Life blog (December 2012)

• Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood
Nonfiction book published by St. Martin’s Griffin (December 2012)

• How I Got an Agent in 8 Minutes, Over the Christmas Holiday, Without Asking to be
Represented
Make Your Story a Movie blog (December 2012)

• Screenwriter / Producer Terry Rossio (Extreme Interview)
Make Your Story a Movie blog (December 2012)

• Video interview on Screenwriters Get Personal
Swiss author Hans-Peter Zimmerman’s YouTube channel (November 2012)

• Is Your Book a Movie? A Crash Course in Book-to-Screen Adaptation
2012 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books)

• Rewriting: How to Avoid Three Deadly Pitfalls
FellowScript (November 2011)

• Self-Editing vs Pro Editing: What You Can (and Can’t) Do Yourself
Self Editing Blog (October 17, 2011)

• Self-Editing vs Pro Editing: What You Can (and Can’t) Do Yourself
Writer’s Journal (September/October 2011)

• Screenwriter / Producer Interview: Leslie Dixon (“Limitless”) Part 1
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (August 28, 2011)

• The Wandering Hero: No Goal, No Plot, No Chance
Self Editing Blog (August 19, 2011)

• Alan Glynn Interview (Author of “Limitless”)
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (August 17, 2011)

• Logline Workshop: Jurassic Park
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (June 4, 2011; moved from SEB)

• Building the Perfect Logline for Your Book, Screenplay, or Other Story
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (May 27, 2011; moved from SEB)

• Rex Pickett Interview (Author of “Sideways”)
Self Editing Blog (May 26, 2011 cross-posted from MYSAM Blog)

• Rex Pickett Interview (Author of “Sideways”)
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (May 11, 2011)

• Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood
Make Your Story a Movie Blog (April 28, 2011)

• Agent Andy Ross Interview
Self Editing Blog (December 21, 2010)

• Terry Rossio Extreme Interview (World’s Highest-Paid Screenwriter)
Self Editing Blog (December 13, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 6: The Digital Outline: Creating a Beatline for Your Story
Self Editing Blog (December 8, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 5: The One-Minute Story: Crafting a Pitch Sheet for Your Book, Screenplay, or Other Tale
Self Editing Blog (November 29, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 4: Story Structure: Laying Down the Bones
Self Editing Blog (November 16, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 3: Logline Workshop: Jurassic Park
Self Editing Blog (November 8, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 2: Building the Perfect Logline for Your Book, Screenplay, or Other Story
Self Editing Blog (October 29, 2010)

• Story Development for Writers, Part 1: The Basics
Self Editing Blog (October 21, 2010)

• What Hollywood Wants: 10 Things Studios Like to See in Adapted (and Original) Scripts
Backspace (July 2010)

• The Name Game: When Good Names Go Bad
Writing-World (June 2010; SEB blog post reprint)

• Make Your Book A Movie: Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood
Book to Film issue of Women On Writing website (May/June 2010)

• Jumping The Gun: Suicide by Submission
Self Editing Blog (April 25, 2010)

• Just Do It: False Starts, Late Deaths, and Appearances
Self Editing Blog (January 2, 2010)

• James V. Simpson: A Nicholl Finalist Talks His First Big Sale
2010 Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books)

• Rewriting: Three Deadly Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
2010 Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books)

• Bouncing Eyeballs and Other Unintended Meanings
Backspace (December 2009; SEB blog post reprint)

• Repetition Is Redundant
Urban Muse (November 20, 2009; SEB blog post reprint)