About

I’m a passionate champion of writers and authors and my life’s work is supporting people to get published.  

I’m profoundly grateful to have landed in this career at the tender age of twenty-two. I’ve worked across many segments of the publishing industry, and like to say I’m publishing agnostic. I support authors to get published—traditionally and independently (hybrid or self-publishing).

I started my publishing career in 2000, and worked for traditional publishers for thirteen years. In 2012, I left my job as Executive Editor of Seal Press to co-found She Writes Press with Kamy Wicoff, founder of SheWrites.com. I tell the story of why I left traditional publishing in my TEDx talk: “Green-Light Revolution.”

I offer writing coaching to writers and authors, which involves: 
• accountability
• refinement of ideas and positioning of work
• developmental editing and shaping of scenes and manuscript
• integrating craft into writers’ process
• steady encouragement to excavate and go deeper
• emotional support (as needed)

I work primarily with  memoirists, and I love to take on the occasional novel or big-idea nonfiction project or self-help book.

Brooke Warner

In coaching, I’m interested in helping writers write the best book they can write, to enjoy the process along the way, and also—importantly—to get the work publish-ready.

That said, the journey matters—and sometimes we can be so focused on the end goal that we lose direction or passion, or start to feel like the writing is a burden. My job will be to support you and devise strategies to propel you forward and help you access your untapped, forgotten, or ignored passions and energies that will get you moving, no matter if you’re completely stuck or charging ahead at a zillion miles an hour toward a hard deadline.

I’m proud to be recognized by the Coach Foundation, one of the biggest names in the coaching industry, as a Top Writing Coach.

Outside of coaching and publishing, I teach and facilitate lots of memoir courses through Write Your Memoir in Six Months, a program I co-founded with Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers. With a true passion for memoir, we offer a biannual six-month mentoring program, as well as shorter intensive boot camps and other courses. Together we’ve co-authored two books about memoir, Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and The Magic of Memoir.

Since 2018, I have cohosted the podcast, Write-Minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers with Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo. This is a weekly podcast geared toward writers and authors—a weekly dose of writing inspiration.

I’m the author of three solo books about writing and publishing:

 

I bring a wide range of disciplines and interests to coaching, including the Ennegram and the Diamond Approach®. I’m a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a leading program in coaching that’s accredited by the International Coach Federation.

I earned my B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University. I live and work in Berkeley, California, and below are some photos of me in my yard, and with my golden retriever, Bee.