Can Someone Pinch Me? Did I Just Present a Workshop at Dr. Barbara’s Hillside International Truth Center – Following in the Footsteps of Oprah, Iyanla, Maya Angelou, Les Brown and Other Greats?

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends!😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a wonderful day! I am simply AMAZED by the GOODNESS of GOD! I am so thankful to HIM! Thanks to Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King and Hillside International Truth Center, Inc. for hosting me for the “How to Become an Author” Workshop on Sunday, June 10! How kind of you!

Several months ago, I asked Hillside if I could come out for a book signing at this great church! To my utter astonishment, surprise and delight, Dr. Barbara called me personally! She shared that not only could I come for the book signing, but would I like to host a workshop to explain how aspiring authors can write their first book!  I was at a loss for words!  When I came to myself, I thanked her profusely and said YES!!!

Dr. Barbara has long been known for supporting the goals and aspirations of others that are well known (Oprah) and lesser known (ME)! I have admired her beauty and leadership for years! Back in 2002, I was the publicist for my friend and editor’s book entitled It’s a Sistah Thing: A Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Fibroids for Black Women. We went to Hillside for her book signing! Dr. Barbara was so welcoming and allowed her to address the congregation.  At that moment, I had no idea I would become an author, much less be invited by this great woman of God to come out and present a workshop!!!! But in the words of Oprah, “God can dream a bigger dream for me than I can for myself!”  Dr. Barbara, my prayer is that God blesses you immensely as you have blessed others!

Thanks so much to the attendees for coming out! It was a PACKED house! Everyone learned how to write and self-publish their book for FREE in a matter of weeks with Amazon’s CreateSpace! Thanks so much to the BEAUTIFUL volunteers and organizers! You did an EXCEPTIONAL job! Specifically, in addition to Dr. Barbara, thanks to Rev. Dolores Voorhees, Dr. Marian Gamble, Ms. Jamelle Rackley, Jerome, Ms. J.J., Dr. Tony, Joquina, my baby sister Natalie, my niece and assistant LeTonya, Ashro  and several other sensational people! Hillside is so CLASSY! They even hosted a “Wrap Party”! The Volunteer Appreciation Reception featured sparkling white grape juice, red grape juice, various chocolates and great conversation! Thanks so much for the beautiful gift bag! How thoughtful of you!

Thanks to my First Lady, Mrs. Yolanda T. Lee, for giving me a few pointers on my PowerPoint Presentation! Thanks to my Senior Pastor, Dr. Kerwin B. Lee for contributing to my book! Thanks to my WONDERFUL hubby Tony and children Antasha and Jay for your unwavering support! You are the wind beneath my wings! Thanks to my sister Sylathia for creating and donating the magnets and miniature paperweights!

Thanks to the publications and radio stations for promoting the event!  I’ve seen some articles. Beautiful Twanda Black of 104.1 Radio shared info about the workshop with her listeners! Thanks Sis! If you’ve written an article, can you send the link to me? I would like to make sure that I see it and share it will the Hillside organizers! So many of you shared info about the workshop via social media and I thank you!  Ladies and gents, if you missed it, please feel free to order the book from – – If you would like for me to present this workshop at your church, bookstore, company, sorority or fraternity, school or other event, please contact me directly at You can follow me @LesliesLane.

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Thank you all so much for your continued support of Leslie’s Lane! You just don’t know how much that means to me!  Please have a wonderful week and remember… “There is an AUTHOR in you”!


Leslie E. Royal

About Leslie's Lane

Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance journalist, product review expert, social media influencer, global travel writer, speaker, media consultant and strategist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: AAA Southern Traveler, ESSENCE,, Upscale, Upscale Living, The Ashro Blog,, Black Enterprise,, The Travel Bags with Annita Blog, and The Wall Street Journal. She is creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information brand and has penned two books: How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s CreateSpace (Amazon $9.95) and Leslie’s Lane The Book! Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel and More! (Amazon $14.95). Just click on this link to order the books: Follow her on social media at @LesliesLane.
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