The Perfect Essay: High School Prep, College Admissions, and Beyond - Click here for course details.

This is a fun writing course for young learners...with high school success and college preparedness in mind.

As a college professor, I see so many students enter college deficient in basic writing skills despite some impressive K-12 backgrounds. This course addresses those deficiencies. This one-hour seminar will meet twice and will foster students’ own writing styles, encouraging them to expand what they naturally do well in order to produce better writing. Students will leave each session with a greater awareness of their own abilities. The ultimate goal is that students will enter a freshman college classroom with the skills and knowledge of basic essay writing. I will also provide other sessions either later in the summer and/or fall based on interest. This course will ensure you child is prepared.

Important Update:

Happy New Year!

Your patronage is very important to us. In order to provide participants and patrons with the best possible experience, we are moving the date for The Next BEST Thing (NBT) to the summer of 2018 (likely early August). We thank you for your interest and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We will keep you updated with all things NBT via Facebook and our webpage as we look forward to a great event later this year.

Warmest and deepest regards,

The NetworkedIt & Batiste Consulting Teams


Launch party details are coming soon! 

Click the image above to secure a spot in The Next BEST Thing!


Now featuring The Next BEST Thing...


First, it was "American Idol." Then, came "The Voice"...Finally, an event where emerging writers from various genres are connected to opportunities and audiences in the same place. BEST and NetworkedIt welcomes beginning and emerging writers to the greater Houston area for our Summer 2018 competition at the Power House, The University of Houston - University Park. Stay tuned for more details.

This event is rated PG-13.


Purchase your tickets through by clicking HERE:

Our star studded panel of judges will decide who will be crowned "The Next Best Thing" and have their winning entry published! Cash awards for 2nd place and 3rd place winners.


The audience will consist of publishers, other writers, and writing enthusiasts. 


Submission fee is $25 per entry. To submit your entry for The Next Best Thing, please email your original work (a maximum of 3 entries per person) to us at theNBT@yahoo.com. Submissions may be in the form of the following: written excerpt of original piece, (5 pgs. max), audio clip or video.

Please note that the audience is PG-13. 


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Meet the judges for The Next BEST Thing...


Coming soon...



For more information about The Next BEST Thing, email me at seth@batisteconsulting.us (preferred) or call 832.798.1843. 
Sponsored by BEST & NetworkedIt: For publishers, authors, and an audience of writing enthusiasts

About the CEO...

Seth J. Batiste, Ph.D. Founder & CEO

Dr. Seth Batiste holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English – Creative Writing, and a Spanish minor from the University of Houston. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Salamanca (Universidad de Salamanca) in Salamanca, Spain and The University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Batiste is also a product of Houston’s Fifth Ward where he attended Phillis Wheatley High School. He has also worked as a bilingual educator, supervisor, and consultant around the country, working first in K-12 systems and later in higher education. His Master’s degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on language instruction. Dr. Batiste recently earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University School of Business and Management/ Some of his early research endeavors concentrated on second language learners. As a director of a non-profit, Dr. Batiste formed partnerships with local Houston area high schools and major universities around Texas. Rice University, Prairie View A & M University, and Houston Community College were some examples of major partnerships to his credit. His work helped energize young Hispanic and African American student families achieve the dream of a college education.


Contact me at seth@batisteconsulting.us or 832.798.1843.

Batiste Educational Services of Texas (BEST)

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