Among my national awards are a Ben Franklin Award, a Foreword Magazine Award, and a Writer’s Digest Best Independent Book of the Year. I have also won several state awards, and in its inaugural year, 2019, I received a Houston Literary Award.
While a classroom teacher, I received several teaching awards from Chambers of Commerce and universities including the University of Texas and Texas A & M. In 1989, I won District Teacher of the Year from Galena Park ISD. In 2004, the City of Galena Park declared April 1 “Roger Leslie Day” for my nearly twenty years of inspiring young people through my teaching and writing.
To start the editing process, I will assess your writing and guide you toward the kind of feedback that will help you most.
I customize the price for each client. Initial discussions about your goals, current level of expertise, and specific coaching or editing needs help us determine together a plan that gives you the most for your money.
I coach clients about anything related to books: writing, editing, securing testimonials and reviews, publishing, finding publishers and agents, marketing traditionally published or self-published books. I draw from my personal experience in all those areas so you get first-hand, authentic examples of what strategies work and what pitfalls to avoid.
They can be, but don’t have to. If you’re seeking only one kind of support, I can provide it. Very often, my coaching clients also hire me as their editor. If your book fits the mission of my publishing house, I might also offer you a contract for publication.
I have traveled throughout North America presenting to various educators, and to the students themselves. Those groups include education and character education leaders, school principals, district librarians, school counselors and nurses, English teachers, and character education coordinators and teachers. Students I present to most often include high school and junior college leadership groups, athletes, and peer support organizations.
For more than a decade as a classroom teacher, I developed and honed original personal goal setting curriculum for high school students. As I shared my work with schools around the country, I discovered that success thinking and terminology were new to many high schoolers. So I focused my dissertation research on finding the best ways to introduce personal success principles to elementary school students. That led to my creating S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and tying it into character education and award-winning books.
I love the creative challenge of sharing new insights about movies that relate to any group’s interests.
Among the most familiar: Writers on Film, Classic Hollywood, and Dining in Movies.
Among the most unique: Giant Texas Movies & the Oil Industry, Hospitals and Health Care, and Flowers.
Since I was a child, I’ve loved memorizing facts about Academy Award movies. In my teens, I memorized the Oscar winners in every major category. As an adult, I memorized every nominee. While my keynotes are filled with anecdotes and backstories from nearly 100 years of films, the Q-and-A afterward often dazzles guests most because I am able to speak spontaneously about any movie or star they mention.