Creativity is not a solitary process. It happens when talented people get together, when idea systems and mentalities merge. David Brooks, NYT

Recent Work

Here are a few of the recent projects I've had the privilege of collaborating on.

77 Questions for Skillful Living by Michael Finkelstein, M.D.

Working with Michael on the proposal and...

SQ21 by Cindy Wigglesworth

I loved working with Cindy Wigglesworth on this...

Evolutionaries by Carter Phipps

One of the projects I’m most proud to have...

The Startup Guide by Ryan Allis

This book was my first venture into the world of...

My Isl@m by Amir Ahmad Nasr

Congratulations to client Amir Ahmad Nasr on the...

Clearing the Way to Health & Wellness by Ellen Cutler, M.D.

This was one of the most interesting health...

About Me

Ellen B&WI’ve always loved books. My dad taught me to read at the age of three (to the dismay of my Waldorf kindergarten teachers) and so began a life-long love affair with the written word. I can spend hours lost between the shelves of my favorite local bookstore, and nothing makes me happier than when I stumble upon a copy of a book that I helped to bring into the world.

I’ve been helping people fulfill their dreams of authorship since 2005. In the past eight years, I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with some amazing visionaries and leaders in the fields of business, spirituality, health, nutrition, and personal development, and have played a role in the writing and publication of more than 15 books. Check out some of my recent work, read what my lovely clients have had to say about working with me, and learn more about how I work and the kinds of projects I’m looking for.

I grew up in beautiful Devonshire in South-west England, and got my degree in English from University College London. After working on B2B magazines for a few years, I moved to the U.S. in 2000 to work on the spiritual and cultural magazine EnlightenNext, where I honed my collaborative skills with an amazing team and edited interviews with spiritual, social, and scientific luminaries. I lived on the East Coast for 12 years before I discovered that there’s a place called California where the sun shines all year round.

These days, I live in a wonderful neighborhood in Oakland with my husband (author Carter Phipps) and our beloved cat Kitty (I know—couldn’t two writers come up with something better than that?). Most days, I can be found at the counter of my favorite coffee bar with my Mac Air and a mug of chai, writing someone else’s book and enjoying the sunshine. When I’m not working, I enjoy cycling, trail running, and wine-tasting—three more reasons why I feel so at home in this lovely state. I also like to cook. Very occasionally, I host elaborate vegetarian dinner parties with wine pairings for my closest friends. One of these days, I plan to start a wine & food blog.

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Recent Blog Posts

November 6, 2013 |

3 Ways to “Slow Down” Your Writing

I had lunch today with a new client who was having trouble writing on his blog. He had no shortage of ideas and...

October 23, 2013 |

Is the Publishing Industry Thriving?

This month’s issue of the New Republic is dedicated to the theme of books, with a special feature section...

October 19, 2013 |

5 Ways To Start Building Your Platform Today

Following my last post, What Is An Author Platform?, here are some low-cost, practical tips for how you can start...

October 19, 2013 |

What Is An Author Platform?

If you’ve even dipped a toe into the waters of publishing, you’ve likely heard the word “platform” being thrown...

October 16, 2013 |

Of Myths & Misattributions

I recently went through the rather painful process of rechecking the endnote citations for the second edition of...

October 14, 2013 |

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Ghostwriter

People often ask me: are you a ghostwriter? And I usually reply, well, not really. Not because I don’t do what...

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