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.

Holacracy by Brian Robertson

Coming June 2015, this book has been many years...

Love Unfiltered by Michael Murphy

Mike Murphy has an inspirational rags-to-riches...

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...

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. It’s been my privilege to collaborate with some amazing visionaries and leaders in the fields of business, spirituality, health, nutrition, and personal development, and I have played a role in the writing and publication of almost 20 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. I blog about wines I love at

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Recent Blog Posts

December 28, 2014 |

Five Tips for Sustaining a New Year’s Writing Resolution

Did you know that as many as 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but fewer than 8% will actually...

September 23, 2014 |

Planning Your Writing Retreat Part III: Choosing the Perfect Place

When you think “writing retreat,” do you dream of a secluded cabin in the woods, miles from anywhere? A...

July 23, 2014 |

Planning Your Writing Retreat Part II: Making the Best Use of Your Time

In the midst of our busy lives, many writers dream about getting away to some secluded haven with nothing but a...

July 23, 2014 |

Planning Your Writing Retreat Part I: Why It’s a Good Idea

Do you struggle to find the time or energy to write amidst the demands of your busy life? Do you wonder when...

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...

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