Meet Marlowe: The self-editing tool

Marlowe* is an artificial intelligence that helps authors improve their novels and long-form fiction. She was born in January 2020 as the creative child of Matthew Jockers, Ph.D., co-author of The Bestseller Code, abetted by a surrounding cast of bestselling authors who have been contributing ideas and enhancements to her reports. 

Here are a few fun facts about this brilliant reader.

She’s fast. Marlowe can read your book and deliver a 25+ page comprehensive critique within an hour.

She’s inexpensive. Priced at a fraction of the cost of a human editor, Marlowe allows you to run multiple versions of your report and can be used at every stage in the life of your manuscript. Let Marlowe identify and help you solve early issues before your manuscript reaches an editor or beta readers.

She doesn’t play favorites. Marlowe doesn’t have a favorite genre. She doesn’t judge, whether your book is a light-as-air fantasy or a thriller filled with gore or violence. She reads all fictional genres and sub-genres and returns equal and unbiased feedback, though she will tweak her results based on her specific genre norms.

She knows what goes into a good story. Seriously. Marlowe can critique character traits, plot arcs, narrative arcs, pacing, punctuation, sentence structure, reading level and more.

Here’s Marlowe’s analysis of the following bestsellers.

The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller
Published: 2015
Word count: 102,982 

Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: 2015
Word count: 189,856 

The Firm
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Thriller
Published: 1991
Word count: 141,266

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genre: Literary
Published: 1940
Word count: 174,652

The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: High Fantasy
Published: 1937
Word count: 95,858 

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* Why Marlowe?
Marlowe is named for both Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan tragedian who inspired Shakespeare, and Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled private eye who plays chess and reads poetry. We like to think she has Philip Marlowe’s intellect and investigative skills and Christopher Marlowe’s pioneering spirit and love for the written word.