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Coaching Credentials / Endorsements

Cindi’s Coaching Credentials:

  • Certified Writing & Speaking Coach through the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA)
  • 20 years experience coaching writers and prospective authors from book concept to publishing contract (I also coach those who wish to self-publish)
  • 17 published books (and two more to release in 2025) all from Harvest House Publishers, now in eight different languages (including one with 160,000 copies sold; and a sales average of 10,000-30,000 copies sold on all other titles)
  • 10 years experience with developmental/content editing and proofing for individuals and clients.
  • 5 years experience speaking for writers’ conferences as keynote, workshop leader and/or one-on-one coach/critique/mentor.
  • 3 years experience (and continuing work) editing/proofing for Harvest House Publishers.
  • 23 years experience speaking across the U.S. and Canada (including numerous national TV and radio appearances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe)
  • Thousands of online articles published on high-traffic sites such as Crosswalk.com, Proverbs31 Ministries.com, iBelieve.com, BibleGateway.com,  MTLMagazine.com and CBN.com (Christian Broadcasting Network)
  • Hundreds of print magazine and newspaper articles published over the past 25 years (including HomeLife, Journey, Shine, Virtue, Today’s Christian Woman)
  • Numerous writing/reporting awards including AWSA Silver Scroll Award for When God Sees Your Tears and Best Investigative Reporter and Best News Series for the Orange County Register’s South County News.
  • 4 years experience writing and editing for the Orange County Register’s South County News
  • 3 years experience as a columnist and freelance reporter for the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers & Pasadena Star News
  • Longtime member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA)
  • Longtime member of the Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry (NEWIM)
  • Longtime Member of the Christian Authors Network (CAN)
  • Bachelor of Arts in News-Editorial Journalism (California State University Fresno, 1988)

Testimonials of Cindi’s Coaching:

“The Lord used Cindi's experience and expertise to help launch my writing career. Her passion to guide writers toward becoming published authors is unparalleled as she becomes not only a writing coach, but also a trusted friend. As a consultant, she is incredibly helpful and encouraging. Cindi is an expert in the ins and outs of the publishing industry and her zeal to help you pursue your dream is contagious and inspiring. If you're looking for a coach to help you put your best foot forward in the publishing world, look no further than Cindi McMenamin!”
Rhonda Stoppe, No Regrets Woman Speaker & Author of Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, Real Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor (Harvest House Publishers)
“Cindi pushed, pulled, challenged, and championed me as I wrote my first book. Her reminder to write for my reader was invaluable. Because of her coaching and her help writing the proposal, I was offered a contract from my first pitch to a traditional publisher.”
Karen DeArmond Gardner, Author of Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom (Kregel Publications, 2021)
”Cindi gave me a confidence I didn't know I had, she gave me permission to tell my story, and she gave me a nudge when I thought I didn't want to go on. She knew what was inside me, and brought it out beautifully in what is now an amazing little book I am so proud of.”
Linda Triplett, Author of Healing Reflections for a Grieving Mom's Heart (Amazon Publishing, 2022)
“Cindi's coaching was just what I needed when I felt God leading me to pursue a publishing project. Her encouragement held me accountable, and her experience and expertise kept me committed. My book for teens was released in Spring, 2021.”
Kim Johnson, Author of What About Me? How to Handle Your Parents’ Divorce (Elk Lake Publishing Inc., 2021)
“Cindi McMenamin's coaching services are outstanding. She is personable and professional, and keen on how to bring out exactly what you are trying to say and the best way to write it. I give Cindi five stars and highly recommend her coaching services to anyone with a passion to share what's on their heart through writing. I am excited about taking all that I've learned and applying it immediately.”
Karen Penn (now writing articles for publications after three coaching sessions)
“Working with Cindi was a sure way to get the professional polish my book needed and to gain greater clarity in my writing ministry. It was a privilege to have someone so well established in her career dedicate her time and effort into furthering my work. As a licensed professional counselor, I hope my clients leave my sessions the way I leave Cindi's coaching sessions...empowered.”
Tina Wilson Taylor, Speaker, LPC and Author of I Am a Gift: Discovering the Beauty of Biblical Womanhood (Amazon Publishing, 2020)
“If you have a dream of becoming an author, I highly recommend Cindi McMenamin as a consultant, coach, and editor to help bring that dream to life. Cindi's experience as an author, a writing coach, and editor are top of the line. The book God laid on my heart long ago came to fruition through Cindi's genuine passion and professionalism as she guided me through each phase of writing and publication.”
Alena Prysch, Author of Anchored in Hope: True Stories of God's Comfort, Love & Strength (Amazon Publishing, 2021)
“As my writing and speaking coach and editor, Cindi helped my spirit of doubt and fear subside and moved me courageously into my passion and dream. Her authenticity is refreshing and she truly cares about the success of her clients. She cheered me on from initial concept to the final stages of my first published book. She was even an active participant at my book launch party, capturing photos, coaching me on book-signing skills, and interacting graciously with my clients. Cindi McMenamin is like no other coach... She is the REAL deal!”
Julie Pearson, Author of Better Than Espresso: 30 Motivations to Boost Your Faith and Confidence (Amazon Publishing, 2020)
”If you are seeking a writing coach, I would highly recommend Cindi McMenamin. I was a stranger to Cindi, who was speaking at my church's women's retreat, yet when she learned I wanted to write a Bible study, she encouraged me to take it a step further and write a book. What meant the most to me is that she followed through with the steps I needed to take, provided encouragement, and writing and editing advice.”
Christi Kari, Author of On the Other Side of the Glass and The Boy Named Lucifer
“Cindi is a natural coach! She explained the details I needed to know about the speaking industry and then helped me develop my message into something others want to hear. Her coaching sessions were just what I needed to jump-start my own speaking career!”
Ashley L. Jones, blogger at www.BigSisterKnows.com and author of Modern Cast Iron: The Complete Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, Cooking and More (Red Lightning Books, 2020)
”My coaching time with Cindi took me from being stuck to moving forward again. I had many questions. She explained how to do what I didn’t understand, and gave me the tools I needed to improve what I already had in place. Her experience, knowledge, and love for the Lord enabled me to make specific and actionable progress.”
Diane Ainsworth, Author of Jesus Faced it First, Suicide’s Hope Lifeline, and In God We Trust: A Collection of Poems to Honor Our Veterans & Military
“Cindi has come alongside me and given me the one-on-one support and tools I needed to excel. She offers encouragement and direction in practical steps that lead to progress and helped me realize a dream God has placed within me.”
Lisa L. Pacheco, Blogger, Speaker, Bible Teacher, and Former Director of Women's Ministry at Calvary Chapel, Oceanside, CA
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