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Jacob O

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Last Login 9/7/2016
Location Portland, OR
Education College Diploma
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Summary of Experience
Jacob has been writing since the first grade, when he completed his (not so) stunning debut about two brothers who take on evil overlord after the overlord kills everyone at a wedding (or something like that). Since then he's authored or co-authored over eight completed novels, co-written over twenty completed screenplays, and published numerous blogs/articles on behalf of various campaigns. His biggest success to date came in 2008 when the novel he co-authored--JENNY GREEN'S KILLER JUNIOR YEAR--was published by Simon & Schuster. He also co-wrote a screenplay based on the novel, which was optioned by a director and shopped to various production companies in Hollywood.

Jacob loves collaborating and there is no project he's not willing to try and tackle. He's worked with others on everything from self-help to memoirs to choose-your-own-adventure to traditional blogs. If the project is beyond the scope of his expertise or knowledge, he's always willing to do the research or ask questions. Jacob is available for ghostwriting and co-authorship alike.
Specialties
Long and short form prose. Screenplays. Non-fiction (self-help, memoir, etc). Blogs. Articles. Reviews. He loves dark comedies and thrillers but is not limited to any genre.
Interests
The arts (music, film, books, etc). Stories about people from all walks of life. Vinyl records (which he collects and sells). Food. Whiskey.
Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison English and Communication Arts, Bachelor's Degree

Jacob attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and double majored in English and Communication Arts. He maintained a strong GPA and made Dean's list his junior year. During his four years as an undergraduate, he completed two full-length novels and studied abroad in Florence, Italy.


Honors and Awards
New York Public Library Award Jacob's novel (co-written with Amy Belasen) JENNY GREEN'S KILLER JUNIOR YEAR, was published in 2008 by Simon & Schuster and won the NY Public Library Award in 2009.

Projects by Industry
Self Help

Teaming up with the CEO of a small company, Jacob ghost-wrote two self-help books pertaining to relevant topics in the business world. One book dealt with sales strategy while the other book detailed a unique job search strategy that could apply to pretty much any job market. Coming from an arts background, Jacob had much to learn about the inner and outer workings of the business world. In order to complete each project, he spent hours on the phone with the CEO and asked virtually every question under the sun. In addition, Jacob did independent research to help further contextualize the over-arching thesis of either book.

Marketing

Jacob wrote countless blogs and articles for Mocha7, a marketing company that uses content in order to boost awareness of products before they launch. The blogs themselves would initially only relate to the product in a very broad sense and therefore Jacob was permitted to covers tons of different topics with virtually no restraint. Jacob was paid for each blog and the blogs were published on various sites around the web.

Projects by Asset Type
Press Release

Jacob co-owns an art gallery in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Stephanie. While Stephanie curates shows on a monthly basis and works directly with the artists, Jacob is largely responsible for authoring press releases among other duties. He also helps with writing materials such as artist bios and writes articles for his wife's online art publication (PLATINUM CHEESE).

Book

In 2008, Simon & Schuster published JENNY GREEN'S KILLER JUNIOR YEAR, a young adult novel co-authored by Jacob and Amy Belasen. The novel sold over 12,000 copies and was optioned by a director in Hollywood before it even hit the shelves. The novel is a very dark comedy that was pitched as AMERICAN PSYCHO meets CLUELESS. It's about the adventures of a young, materialistic girl constantly being disappointed in her search for Prince Charming. After a near fatal encounter with a crush, our protagonist turns into a viciously comedic femme fatale who murders her boyfriends one at a time.

Script/Video

After college, Jacob moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. He and a partner would end up completing over twenty screenplays. They were represented by one Hollywood's premiere management companies: Madhouse Entertainment. Jacob's experiences in Hollywood were filled with promise, but alas, only a few projects made it into development. One was a remake of an old Jerry Lewis film, THE ERRAND BOY, with director Gary Fleder attached. The other was a screenplay adaption of Jacob's own (co-written) novel, JENNY GREEN'S KILLER JUNIOR YEAR, though the screenplay version changed the JUNIOR (in high school) to FRESHMAN (in college).

Projects By Expertise
Journalist

Jacob has been involved in a few projects that called upon his journalistic skills. One was an article written for the CEO of a small company. The article was an overview involving pharmaceutical compounding creams and their battle to get reimbursed by insurance companies. Jacob has also written reviews for his wife's online art publication: PLATINUM CHEESE. In his spare time (i.e. when he's really really bored) Jacob will occasionally write the random music websites like RATEYOURMUSIC.

Projects by Writing Style
Conversational

In 2015, Jacob was hired by a young businessman who grew up in the foster care system and wanted to commit his life story to paper. Jacob and the young man engaged in numerous phone calls and soon the project grew in scale to a book not only about the young man's past, but about the foster care system in general. Because of the constantly expanding nature of the book there is tremendous amounts of research involved and the project is still firmly in development. However, the conversational, first-person narrative portion of the book has been completed.

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