Welcome New AWSA Member

Hello New AWSA Member,

We are so excited that you have joined the Advanced Writers an Speakers Association.  Welcome!  We are 500 Christian women communicators strong and we love to encourage, train and guide our members so that they can reach their audiences with both God’s anointing and excellence.

On this page, you will find several things you need to know about.

Our Daily Loop.  Watch for an email from the AWSA office who will help you get onto our daily loop, an email loop where you can connect and ask our experts questions.

Our AWSA Online Newsletter.  To make sure you receive our colorful online newsletter, packed with the latest news, please sign up for it by clicking HERE.

Our Prayer Team.  If you are interested in joining our prayer team, this same email from the AWSA office will help you get started.

AWSA Mastermind Groups.  Would you like to be part of a small group of AWSA members who meet twice a month, via the internet, to pray for, encourage and train each other?  You may read more about these groups at:  AWSAMastermind.com

The AWSA Inner Circle.  This is our highest and most professional training AWSA has to offer, with no travel involved.  You can sign up for these wonderful online classes at:  AWSAInnerCircle.com

AWSA Fall Conference.  This year we are heading to the Nashville area in September to host our fall conference and Golden Scroll Awards.  After our event you are invited to the Christian Book Expo, where you can sign up for a booksigning to Christian Bookstores.  Check in on updates about our conference at AWSAfun.com

The AWSA Golden Scroll Awards – Enter your latest book into the Golden Scroll Award.  You may be in the running to win AWSA Golden Scroll Book of the Year!  See  ScrollAwards.com

AWSA’s Arise Daily – Daily Devotionals.  You may want to write for our Arise Daily Devotionals.  You can see the website at: AriseDaily.com.  You can read our writer’s guidelines HERE.

Read our fantastic, award winning magazine, Leading Hearts.  Sign up to get your free copy at  LeadingHearts.com   

AWSA Certified Coaching Training.  You can read more about this at:  AWSACoach.com.  Classes are offered only a couple of times a year. Please let the AWSA office know if you are interested in being an AWSA Certified Coach.

Work with an AWSA Certified Coach.  Coming Soon! Watch for an announcement about this option in a future online AWSA newsletter.

 

 

 

Be an AWSA Protege Member!

 

The members of the Advanced Writers and Speaker Association recently made a commitment to not only look forward into the future with our own book, TV and speaking projects, but to look back to those Christian women whom God is calling to become communicators for him.

That’s why we are launching the all  new AWSA Protege Membership program.

Who is AWSA?

 

AWSA is the 500 Christian women of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association who have written books, spoken at conferences, hosted TV programs, published magazines, blogged with huge followings and succeeded at various styles of communications from screenplays to social media.

The organization was founded in 2000 by best-selling author Linda Evans Shepherd and is under the umbrella of Right to the Heart Ministries, a 501 (c) 3.

What Does AWSA Protege Membership Include?

  • You will get a link to watch a wonderful video class called Story Telling for Writers and Speakers by AWSA Steering Committee President Karen Porter.
  • Once a month, you will be invited into our live training webinar with group coaching – for AWSA Club Protege Members only
  • You will be invited to attend our live events at our conferences and retreats as our very own AWSA Proteges.  You will get to go with us to Book Expos and meet editors, publishers and bookstore owners.
  • We love our proteges and give  special protege trainings at each of our events.
  • We will have AWSA Coaches available to work with you – and to help you with your questions.  Plus we will tell you how to land your very own AWSA Expert Coach.
  • You will be eligible to join our Protege Call – a monthly group coaching call for AWSA Protege members only.  This is a group that will meet, by phone call, monthly to hear trainings and to ask our AWSA experts questions.
  • You will be eligible to join our Protege Insiders Club – another monthly live, online training with experts teachers who will explain how to write book proposals, meet editors and explain secrets you need to know.
  • You will be the first to hear about the online classes we are creating for our all new Reach Your World Academy.
  • You will receive our colorful, email mailings that will tell you all the latest news so you don’t miss out on anything.

Please note that many of the programs mentioned above are add-on programs, and are not included in the cost of your basic membership package.  But also note that before you are allowed to access these special programs, you must qualify and belong to our AWSA Protege Membership.

Do You Qualify?

  1. Are you a Christian woman who is a raw beginner to intermediate level author, speaker or communicator?  If you are more advanced, with a published book and many speaking engagements under your belt, click HERE.
  2. Do you believe in John 3:16?   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  3. Do you feel God is calling you to communicate for the Kingdom?

Then this is the place for you.

Here’s How to Get Started

Hit the payment button to fill out your application and pay your $40 application processing fee which also counts for your first year of membership. We will review your application and get back to you with either a membership to AWSA Protege or a refund.

Hope to see you on the inside soon!

To apply and to pay, CLICK HERE.

AWSA Coach Certification Payment Page

SELECT PAYMENT OPTIONS

Now that you’ve filled out the AWSA Coach Certification Application, please choose one of our payment options with one of three ways you can pay.

Pay in full, for a savings:  CLICK HERE.

Pay half now, and half in six months:  CLICK HERE.

Pay monthly for one year:  CLICK HERE.

Linda Evans Shepherd, AWSA Founder and Right to the Heart Ministries CEO

Cynthia Cavanaugh, Membership and AWSA Coaching Chair

Karen Porter, AWSA President

 

Refund Policy:  You will be refunded if your application is put on hold for the time being.

Otherwise, refunds available until curriculum has been started/accessed.

AWSA at Munce 2017 Schedule

Saturday

Morning Session

 

8:00-8:05       Emcee: Pat Layton

8:05-8:15        Welcome: Linda, Karen, Rhonda

8:15-8:20        Prayer: Dianne Butts

8:20-8:40       Devotional Speaker: Athena Dean

8:40-9:10        Speaker: Linda Shepherd

9:10-9:30        BREAK

9:30-10:45      Monica Schmelter – Rock Your Media Interview

10:45-11:30    Workshops

*How to Do a Successful Book Launch – Julie Gillies

*Better PowerPoint– Amy Williams

*Proteges

11:30-12:30    Lunch – hotel

 

Early Afternoon Session

 

1:00-1:10       Emcee: Cheri Cowell

1:10-1:15        Prayer: Michelle Cox

1:15-2:15        Erica Wiggenhorn – Market Your Book

2:15-2:45       Karen Porter – Stage Presence

2:45-3:40      Deb Coty – Ministry-changing Newsletters

 

3:40-4:00         Break

 

Later Afternoon Session

 

4:00-4:10      Emcee: Sue Badeau

4:10-4:15       Prayer: Kaley Rhea

4:15-5:10       Seminar,  choose one of two tracks:

Karen Whiting – Platform

Linda Gilden – Magazine Writing

5:15- 6:15      Mastermind Groups – facilitated by Karen Porter

6:15-7:30      Dinner – on our own

 

Evening Session

 

7:30-7:35        Emcee: Cynthia Cavanaugh

7:35-7:40        Prayer: Karynthia Phillips

7:40-8:00       Devotional Speaker

8:00-8:50       Prayer Session

8:50-9:00       Ending with Linda Shepherd – Insights from the day, announcements, etc.

 

Sunday

 

WORSHIP SERVICE OPEN TO BOOKSTORE OWNERS

9:00-9:15        Emcee: Martha Bolton

9:15-9:20        Prayer: Jayme Hull

9:20-9:50        Worship Music: Staci Frenes

9:50-10:30      Speaker:  Gari Meacham

10:30-10:40    Prayer: Linda

 

10:40-11:00    Break

 

 

11:00-11:10     Emcee: Suzanne Kuhn

11:10-11:15     Prayer: Sandra Lovelace

11:15-11:25     Worship: Staci Frenes

11:25-11:45     Final Charge: Rhonda Rhea

11:45-12:00    Final thoughts from Linda and Karen

12:00               Join us for our buffet!

 

4: 00 MUNCE personality party.  Sign up to participate at:  www.AWSAfun.com

AWSA at Munce 2017 EXPO (CPE)

MUNCE EXPO (CPE) Event (Separate from AWSA Retreat)

(Sunday Afternoon the 17th till Tuesday Afternoon the 19th)

Munce Registration details at end of this description)

Who is Munce?

Munce is like CBA – but different.  It is a bookstore association – with buying power.  They meet with publishers to shop new products, enjoy banquets with celebrity keynoters and musicians and attend book signings with us AWSA authors.

Their CPE Fall Show attracts hundreds of bookstore owners to the exhibit and training sessions! If you decide to stay for the CPE show you can sign up to attend banquet events with:

  • Charles Stanley
  • TBA

NOTE –  Non AWSA members can also attend, but like AWSAs, will have to register separately for this event (below).

  • Sunday Afternoon:  Author Booksigning for Bookstores!  (Limited to 15, AWSA members only. Register below.)
  • Sunday Night:  Banquet with Munce:  AWSAs who won our books of the year contest to be featured.  AWSA Lifetime Achievement Award to be given!
  • Monday Lunch:  Included in Full or Partial Expo Registration
  • Monday Banquet:  Included in Full or Partial Expo Registration
  • Tuesday Lunch:  Included in Full or Partial Expo Registration

HOW TO REGISTER FOR MUNCE CPE EXPO EVENTS AND BANQUETS

Download Registration PDF, click HERE.

(CPE will be held at the SAME Embassy Suites and Convention Center as the AWSA Retreat, 1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129)

 

Could the AWSA Protege Club Change Your Life?

Winners of the AWSA Golden Scroll Awards

Don’t be Left Out

Want to be mentored, coached and trained to write and publish a book or blog and/or speak to audiences – by members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association?

Now you can sign up for a year’s worth of our wonderful live online training with group coaching as well as a private strategy coaching session just for you.

 

What Will You Get?

Once a month, you will be invited into our live training webinar with group coaching – for AWSA Protege Club Members only.

AWSA member experts will talk about topics which will include:

  • Everything you want to know about how to write and publish a book.
  • How to Get More Speaking Engagements.
  • What’s Up with Blogging.
  • When a publisher asks about your platform, what should you say?  How do you build a platform?
  • Writing your next book in thirty days.
  • How do you find a publisher anyway?
  • What’s the deal with self publishing?
  • Do you need an agent and how do you get one?
  • The best techniques to schedule your time and productivity.
  • AND YOU WILL GET A COACHING SESSION FROM AN AWSA COACH to help you along your way.  INVALUABLE!
  • BIG BONUS – AWSA Proteges can attend private AWSA Member-Only Events!

Linda Evans Shepherd with Ginny Owens at AWSA Conference

PLUS – our online events will have LIVE discussions – and you can ask our experts questions. The answers to those questions will make all the difference to growing your ministry and reaching your audiences.

How it Works…

Our webinars will come LIVE to you monthly, and it you can’t make a live session, you will be able to watch the recording.

Plus, you will be part of the elite circle of  Christian women communicators mentored by AWSA – getting the helps you need, getting your difficult questions answered, and moving forward with all that God has called you to do.

Plus, you will be the first in the know, the first to have the ability to sign up for VERY SPECIAL and EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS!

You will develop deeper professional relationships, and that could be crucial to you moving ahead with the mission God gave you.  Who knows the connections God is going to bring together through the AWSA Protege Club.

 

Do You Qualify?

  1.  Are you a woman who is a raw beginner or intermediate author, speaker or communicator?
  2. Do you believe in John 3:16?   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  3. Would you love to have someone show you the how to’s you need to know to fulfill God’s call to write or speak for him?

If all of the above is true for you, then you’re WHO we are looking for and you are ready to sign up.  You get a year’s worth of live webinars (that can be replayed later)  as well as a session of strategic coaching with one of our advanced AWSA member coaches.

Here’s How to Get Started

We’ve created a couple of easy ways to pay:

(click to see cost)

AWSA @ Fall Retreat at CPE in Murfreesboro

Option A:  To save 5 percent of total with yearly payment, CLICK HERE

Option B: To make three easy payments per year, CLICK HERE

Option C:  To pay a very easy monthly payments, CLICK HERE

Refunds are available, minus $45 a month that you were a member; and minus $200 if you participated in a session with your AWSA coach.

The Amazing Secrets of the NEW AWSA Inner Circle

Don’t be left out of the AWSA Inner Circle

Sisters, you are the life-changers, the good news bringers – and you need tools to help you through the mire we call the publishing and speaker world.  That’s why we are here to help.

Now you can sign up for a year’s worth of our wonderful new online seminar training and group coaching.

This special offer comes with thirty minutes of a one on one coaching session with either Linda Evans Shepherd or Karen Porter – available only to the first 10 people who sign up.

Once a month, you will be invited onto our live training webinar with group coaching – for inner circle members only.

Topics will include —

  • Getting those BIG speaking engagements you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Duplicating the success of AWSA members who have over a million hits on their blogs.
  • Building a platform that will not only make publishers take notice, but will help you sell your books and events.
  • Writing your next book in thirty days.
  • Finding untapped new markets and strategies for authors.
  • Insider tips from big name editors, they don’t talk about (except to us!)
  • Discover which social media really works.  Our best tips to help you reach a wider audience.
  • The best techniques to schedule your time and productivity
  • How to handle difficult counseling situations that come up in your ministry.
  • AND MORE

PLUS – there will be LIVE discussions – and you can ask our experts questions – and those answers will make all the difference in reaching your audiences.

Our webinars will come LIVE to you monthly, and it you can’t make a live session, you will be able to watch the recording.

Plus, you will be part of the elite inner circle of AWSA – getting the helps you need, getting your difficult questions answers, and moving forward with all that God has called you to do.  Members will also get conference and retreat REPLAYS of speakers and workshops at a deep discount.

 

Plus, you will be the first in the know, the first to have the ability to sign up for VERY SPECIAL and EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS!

You will develop deeper professional relationships, and as you know, that is so important in what we do.  Who knows the connections God is going to bring together.

And remember – the first 10 people who sign up – get the free live one on one coaching with Linda or Karen.

So, what would this program be worth to you?  Other groups charge $10,000 a year for such a service.  But because we love you – and want to help you, we won’t even charge you $5000 a year for this.

But don’t you think this program would be worth $2000 a year?.  Well, we are slashing that price by 75 percent.  We are offering this program to you for only $500.00 a year – with easy monthly payments.

But if you register by October 1st, we will knock off another hundred bucks.

So sign up, and lock yourself in to the discount and free coaching.

CLICK HERE to get started.

AWSA Inner Circle Payment Options

Congratulations.  You are getting $100 off our program by signing up now.

We’ve broken this down for you, so you can save money by paying for the year, or you can pay once every four months, or you can pay monthly.

 

Option A:  To save 5 percent of total with yearly payment, CLICK HERE

Option B: To make three easy payments per year, CLICK HERE

Option C:  To pay a very easy monthly payments, CLICK HERE

You can cancel at any time.

See you in our AWSA Inner Circle, starting in August.  Times and dates to be announced with options to attend live or watch our recording.

AWSA Coaching Certification is Here!

Yes!  AWSA Coaching Certification is here and you can be one of the first 10 people to take our training this January, live or on recorded replay.

Please note this a real certified coaching program. Not only will you become an expert in the art of coaching, you will   become an authorship, speaking and communications expert as well. There will be live online training, extra reading and a bit of homework. So, understand that this will take some effort on your part.  But the effort will with worth it!  Read the following benefits to see what this program could mean to you:

Here are the benefits you get as an AWSA Certified Coach

  • Double, triple your writing and speaking income.
  • Take your income and influence to a radically new level AND get paid for coaching people.
  • Remove the roadblocks that have held you back as a writer and speaker.
  • Identify and clarify your writing and speaking goals and … help others do the same.
  • Get paid for developing leadership writing and speaking skills in your clients.
  • Recognize the horrible scams and pitfalls in the publishing industry with guaranteed ways to avoid them.
  • Identify your God-given dreams and develop a clear action plan to achieve them.
  • Develop camaraderie, community and lifelong friendships as well as peer-to-peer support  in your ministry journey.

Our Coaching Certification program has been developed by certified life coaches under the guidance of Professor and Life Coach Cynthia Cavanaugh, and special guest experts and will include a copy of Your Plan to Achieve your Professional Speaking and Writing Dreams, a workbook you will use with your future AWSA-generated coaching clients.

Imagine sitting at home in your spare time coaching new writers and speakers and getting paid for it?

What if you could earn an extra thousand dollars a week by simply coaching some of our newer, novice AWSA members or even our AWSA Proteges?

You can do it and we’ll show you how.

We’re only taking ten spots, our first ten coaches are going to be getting matched with clients that AWSA helps to generate.

The Next Step?

As you know, some certification programs run upwards of $10,000 or more.  And considering that you can enhance and even earn income through coaching, that price tag does not make for a bad investment.

With our program, you’re not only getting all of the benefits of one of those $10,000 courses, you’re getting access to AWSA generated coaching clients – at a fraction of the investment.

What would it be worth to you to even make 10% more sales with your book, take two extra speaking engagements a year or add an extra 500 readers to your blog, as well as additional coaching income?

Even if we charged you $5000, would this kind of training be worth it to you?

Well yes, especially considering that it will not only expand your ministry, it will expand your bottom line.

Plus you will be the first in line to help AWSA coach a coming flood of proteges who will be coming into our all new, soon-to-be-announced Reach Your Audience Academy.

We will arrange that those of you who graduate from our first program will have the opportunity to make up to $75 an hour working with AWSA coaching clients.

But what about the cost of our training?  Don’t worry, the AWSA Certification program is not going to cost you $5000. What if I told you that our introductory offer is 88 percent off that $5000 price tag, at $599?

Listen, we’d love to accept all of you, we love all of our members but we have limited this to just ten.

If you don’t get in, don’t be discouraged. You wouldn’t even be a part of AWSA if we didn’t think you’re awesome and totally believe in you.

Just know that you won’t get this introductory offer in the future and this won’t be your last opportunity to get in.  We will likely open up classes again in August of 2018.

So, are you ready to becoming one of our  first  AWSA Certified Coaches? Our online classes start this fall with recorded replay available.

So don’t delay.

First fill out our application, then go down to payment options and chose a payment method.  If you don’t get into our first class, we will refund you.

FILL OUT APPLICATION THEN SCROLL DOWN TO PAY.

AWSA Coach Certification Application

Please fill out the fields below.

Current Member of AWSA?







How Many Traditionally Published Books have you written?



















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What Other Forms of Communication do you have experience with? Check all
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Be sure you hit the application submit button twice – so that it goes through.  In this process you will be given a chance to edit your answers, before you hit your final submit.

Afterwards, you will get an email that will direct you to our payment page which is:  http://bit.ly/CertificationPaymentPage  (copy and save this link)

Once you:

A.  Submit your application.

B.  Pay.

Your application will be submitted for review.  If the team feels you are not yet ready, you will get a full refund.  But we are hoping that you can join us now instead of later.  See you on the other side of this process.

Blessings,

Linda Evans Shepherd

Cynthia Cavanaugh

Karen Porter

2016 Golden Scroll Winners

Announcing our 2106 Golden Scroll Winners

Cincinnati – AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards for Publisher, Non-Fiction Editor, and Fiction Editor of the Year as well as the winners of the Golden Scroll Books of the Year contests at the 2016 Golden Scroll Awards and Banquet, Sunday, June 26th at the Duke Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DSC_0025Honored for outstanding ministry partnerships with their authors, the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award went to Worthy Publishing. AWSA author Cynthia Ruchti says of Worthy, “They are fully invested in publishing books people need to read. No detail is left to chance or whim. It’s a prayed-over publishing process at Worthy.”

Andy Mcguire was named the winner of the Golden Scroll Non-Fiction Editor of the Year Award. AWSA author Terri Roberts said of Mcguire, “Andy showed great support and encouragement through the entire process even though I was battling serious health challenges of stage 4 cancer. He and his staff were there for me.”

DSC_0028The Fiction Editor of the Year was awarded to Jamie Clarke Chavez of JamieChavez.com, AWSA author Cynthia Ruchti says of Clarke, “Her breadth of knowledge and depth of caring are immense. She not only impacts the finished product, but me as an author.”

DSC_0033The Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Saundra Dalton-Smith for Come Empty from SonRise Devotionals. The judges remarked, “Saundra encourages the reader to spend intimate time with Jesus who will not only fulfill our longings but will fill the emptiness within.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction were also awarded to Patrica A. Ennis for God is My Strength from Christian Focus, Tina Samples and Dave Samples for Messed Up Men of the Bible from Kregel Publications and Deb DeArmond for I Choose You Today from Abingdon Press.

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction went to Nan Corbitt Allen for Small Potatoes and Tuesdays @ The Piggly Wiggly from Allen House Productions, Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle for Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace from Bethany House Publishers and Susan K. Steward for Formatting e-Books for Writers from Practical Inspiration.

DSC_0037The Golden Scroll Novel of the Year Award went to Lynette Eason for Always Watching from Revell of Baker Publishing Group. The judges agreed, “This novel earns a five-star plus in our book.”

Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction were also awarded to Deborah Raney for both Another Way Home and Two Roads Home from Abingdon Press and Eva Marie Everson for Five Brides from Tyndale House Publishers.

Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction went to Sandra Picklesimer Aldrich for Zetta’s Dream from Bold Words, Inc, Kathi Macias for Return to Christmas from New Hope Publishers, and Sarah Sundin for Through Waters Deep from Revell of Baker Publishing Group.

DSC_0039The Golden Scroll Children’s Book Merit Award was awarded to Lee Ann Mancini – for What a Bragger  from GLM Publishing LLC. The Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Lazurek for Daddy, am I Beautiful? from Pauline Books & Media. The judges remarked, “This delightful children’s books shows girls that true beauty exists when we show God’s love from the inside out, even if they have green skin and spaghetti and meatballs for hair.”

DSC_0040The Advanced Writers and Speakers Association is Proud to have created our very own magazine for the Christian Women Leaders of the Church. This Magazine, which is building a huge audience in it’s own right, has been awarded The Evangelical Press Association Merit Award for a Christian Ministry Digital Publication two years in a row.  Torry Martin was presented the Leading Hearts Magazine Award for his article “A Hairy Situation” which also  placed in the Humor Article Category in EPA’s High Goals Category.

DSC_0046In addition, the 2016 AWSA Member of the Year Award went to Cynthia L. Simmons. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd says of Cynthia, “She serves the Lord with her whole heart, whether it’s writing her books, hosting her radio show, directing the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference or mentoring home school moms.”

DSC_0041The Beyond Me Award went to Sheryl Giesbrecht, an acclaimed author and radio host who has a heart for missions around the world. The prestigious 2016 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Kay Arthur. Shepherd says of Arthur, “Kay may be the famed author of over 100 books, a TV show host, and the founder of Precept Ministries International, but her accomplishments have come as a result of her service unto her Lord Jesus Christ.”

DSC_0018Torry Martin served as the keynote speaker along with recording artist Babbie Mason and Linda Goldfarb serving as emcee. Authors Carol Kent and Pam Christian presented the awards. Babbie Mason also performed a parody written by Martha Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.

AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of over 400 top ICRS women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

 

See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

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2016 Golden Scroll Winners