One of my students made the NYT list, self-pubbing his FIRST NOVEL!

IRREFUTABLE, by Dale Roberts

IRREFUTABLE, by Dale Roberts

A lot of my students have sold novels to publishers, brought out their own books, won contests…

This guy is the first of my students I know of who made it to the New York Times Bestseller list.


I can’t thank you enough. Your teaching has been priceless. Using your courses, I wrote my first novel. The Kindle version just made the NY Times best seller list at #19. I am consistantly hovering around the top 100 on Amazon.

Thanks soooooo much.

Dale Roberts

For the paranoid among you, he really is one of my students. He bought Plot Clinic and Page-Turning Scenes back in early December of last year.

His book, IRREFUTABLE? Fast-paced, well-written, smart, and fun. I bought it yesterday, and it’s excellent. And well worth the $2.99.

Here’s his link again. I’m so excited for him. This is SERIOUSLY cool!

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

39 comments… add one
  • Reagan Roberts Apr 17, 2012 @ 20:35

    Im your biggest fan….keep writing!

  • Reagan Roberts Apr 17, 2012 @ 20:34

    This a GREAT book but the second one is way better and even more twisty…..:D

  • Dale Roberts Nov 7, 2011 @ 14:31

    The New York Times list is published weekly and is averaged over the placement over a weeks time. Amazon tracks the list and updates it in real time. At the time of this post it sits in the #91 spot. It peaked at # 19, but has slipped over the last week.,322189011&bbn=133141011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1BEVH26NTSG8W2N3MAVS&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1326797262&pf_rd_i=1286228011#/ref=sr_pg_8?rh=n%3A133140011&page=8&bbn=133141011&ie=UTF8&qid=1320704936


    • Holly Nov 8, 2011 @ 7:24

      Thanks for clarifying, Dale. I appreciate it. And congratulations from me, too.

      Awesome thing to manage with a first novel.

  • FireStorm Nov 7, 2011 @ 5:22

    YAAY! Congratulations to both of you!!! How wonderful!

  • Esther Nov 6, 2011 @ 6:29

    Congrats, Dale!

    You’re an inspiration. As for your plot idea — well, wish I’d thought of it! It’s sounds fabulous.
    And you handled your critics like a true gentlemen and with great integrity. How refreshing!
    May your success only increase.

  • David Ferkins Nov 6, 2011 @ 5:35

    Congrats Dale. I hope to keep you company in a few years with a book or two of my own. You are a star in the sky that will lead many others like me. Once again, congrats.

    Holly, congrats to you as well for being a star for Dale.

  • Texanne Nov 5, 2011 @ 9:20

    I bought and read Dale’s book yesterday–nice and twisty! He really used the Plot Clinic to great advantage. Nice work, both of you. :)TX

  • Cheryl Nov 4, 2011 @ 23:51

    Congratulations to Dale on his success. I’ve just finished reading the intro on Kindle and had to buy it — it’s un-put-down-able.

    Congratulations to you, Holly, but no big surprises here. I’ve been using your courses and recommending them to friends and writing course buddies for several years now. The only one left that I haven’t done is HTRYS but I’ve still got until Feb to get the money together … and I will!
    You have an exceptional gift for being able to share YOUR skills, and to INSPIRE OURS.
    Congratulations again .
    A nice retirement from teaching gift!
    Much love, Cheryl

  • Nancy doyle Nov 4, 2011 @ 16:22

    Congrats,Holly! Your courses are fantastic, and Dale is proof of your teaching skills. His success is an inspiration to your students!
    NancyD — HTRYN in progress

    • Holly Nov 7, 2011 @ 8:57

      Dale is proof of his willingness to work.

      I’m cheering because he put my courses to good use, but I take NO credit for his success.

  • Wanders Nowhere Nov 4, 2011 @ 16:22

    Congratulations, Dale!! Looking forward to reading the book ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Julia DeFranco Nov 4, 2011 @ 16:09

    Nice going. Not my preferred genre, but (from the bit I read on Amazon) I hope someday to be able to write that vividly and compellingly.

  • Faith Nelson Nov 4, 2011 @ 13:07

    That is so freaking cool! Congrats to student and teacher alike!

  • Jean Marie Bauhaus Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:49

    Congrats to Dale and Holly! I hope Dale will share the secret to his success with the rest of us wannabes.

  • Erin Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:32


    I can’t find Dale’s book on any of the published NYT best seller lists for e-books or print & e-books.

    I found a review on his Amazon page written on the 2nd of June of this year (by an anonymous reviewer, “the Critic”) stating it made #19 on the NYT best seller list, but could not find the said list.
    Unless Dale’s book is appearing on a brand-spanking new list that is yet to be published & Amazon’s system fudged up the date that particular review was published?

    • mitzim Nov 6, 2011 @ 19:27

      Yeah, I agree. I can’t find any validation that the book made it on a NYT best-seller list, either, and I also checked the NYT listing for both print and e-books, as well as several months and date lines. My spouse and I both checked Google searches and could find nothing about it making it on the list. Not sure how getting on a best-seller list works, but one reviewer here said that she couldn’t even find a website of his that promoted the book. At any rate, the theme of the book sounds interesting.

      • Holly Nov 7, 2011 @ 9:01

        I verified that he was actually my student. And I noted when I checked his listing and bought my copy of the book that he already had the NYT Bestseller notice on his cover on Amazon. I figured (still do, actually) that authors get prior notice when their book hits the list, and that it would be in either the most recent or not-yet-published upcoming one.

        But I confess I don’t check any bestseller lists—ever—because as a general rule, I simply don’t care who’s on them. And I have no clue where to begin looking. But putting NYT Bestseller on his book if it isn’t one would be something I’d think the NYT would sue him for, were it not true. After all, they have a reputation to uphold, and would have to make an example of anyone who just randomly claimed to be on the list. And the ill will he’d garner from lying about it in what is actually a surprisingly small and tight-knit community would follow him around for the rest of any career he had.

        So I’m guessing he’s telling the truth, and the list he’s on is the upcoming one.

  • Carol Fillmore Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:21

    Dale, this is fabulous! Congrats, you must be thrilled. I read the first chapter and I will be reading this book … the suspense you’ve built had me on the edge of my seat! Your success has encouraged me to keep writing:)


  • Linda Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:08

    Congratsโ€”got my copy!

  • Laraine Anne Barker Nov 4, 2011 @ 10:43

    Huge congratulations, Dale. This is an enormous achievement. I wish you all the luck in the world; you deserve it.

  • Reza Gholizadeh Nov 4, 2011 @ 9:56


    Congratulation both to you Ms. Lisle and also Dale Roberts

    honestly this news strongly motivated me to work hard.

    thank you …

  • Diana Layne Nov 4, 2011 @ 9:49

    This is terrific, I hope many more of your students can have this kind of success! (including me, yes, lol). However, I found it puzzling, I have found basically no web presence on Dale, saw a few links where the book had been free for a time, and a small twitter account, but no website? Does this not fly in the logic of all the marketing stuff we’re told today? Yes, yes, good books fly off the shelf, but someone has to find out about those books in the first place. I’ve known other indie authors who have done free promotions on their books without this sort of success. I find this whole indie publishing endlessly fascinating.

  • Angie Holtz Nov 4, 2011 @ 9:19

    Congratulations Dale!

  • Cat (from HtTS) Nov 4, 2011 @ 8:22

    Congrats Dale from me too. Please head over to the forum and tell us what you did beside writing the story to make it a success.

  • Candice L Davis Nov 4, 2011 @ 8:01

    Congratulations, Dale! That’s an incredible success, and it seems to me you. And congratulations to you, Holly, for your part in it!

    • Candice L Davis Nov 4, 2011 @ 8:06

      Sorry! Computer hiccup. I meant to say, it seems to me Dale has done the work on both sides of writing–craft and business. Well done!

  • Satima Flavell Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:54

    Congratulations, Dale! May this be the first of many successes for you – and Holly!

  • Sandra Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:52

    Congratulations Dale!
    I used the link Holly posted to Amazon, used the “Look Inside” feature, enjoyed your lead-in and purchased the book for Kindle.
    I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Well Done!
    Sandra S. Richardson

  • Aimee Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:33

    Congratulations, Dale! I hope this is the first of many. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Sue Santore Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:19

    Whooo Hooo! Doing the happy dance for you, Dale. Here’s to many more best sellers for you.

  • Dalton Lynne Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:18

    That is seriously cool – congratulations, Dale!! I’ll definitely be checking it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reetta Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:15

    Congratulations Dale. Your hard work is paying off. I just bought your book. The premise rocks.

  • Victoria Evangelina Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:09

    OMG! FIRST my congrats to Holly!!!!!!!!!! This is wonderful, and I am sure if more of us were like Dale, really USING the knowledge we receive from you and having the courage and patience to stick with writing till the end: I am sure there would have been way more of your students’ books on the NYT bestseller list! As of me, I have bought the Think Sideways quite a long time ago… but never had time to start. They say, that “luck of time” and “laziness” is nothing else than “weak motivation”…

    Dale, great job! I would LOVE to read a post from you telling just how you worked on the novel. I am sure it was way more WORK than simple inspiration! How did you make yourself motivated enough to finish it? I am definitely buying it, but not sure when I read it… December, may be!

    Thank you both for such an uplifting piece of news,

  • Natalie Brunelle Nov 4, 2011 @ 7:02

    Congrats! I hope this is the first of many.

  • Rahul Singh Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:55

    Congratulations Dale! Finishing a book and taking it to publication is in itself an act of courage. Yours is yielding good results too and inspire a lot of us here.
    Best wishes.

  • elizabeth Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:52

    That’s so great! Congrats!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Krystall Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:47

    Congrats, Dale! Super news ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ginger Calem Nov 4, 2011 @ 6:40

    Congrats to Dale. That is awesome and SO encouraging!!!

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