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Talking About the Dance

Kong is dead. That is to say, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is complete, and moving inexorably towards its July 12 publication date.

Yes, I know. Old news. I've announced that before. And since finally completing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS some weeks ago, and announcing it here, I have been working on... drum roll, please... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS!

That's the way it goes with books. You finish, and breathe a sigh of relief... and then you get back to work. There's always more to be done. Your editor reads it and gives you notes. You make revisions, corrections. A copyeditor goes over the text, finds errors, points out contradictions and inconsistencies, raises queries. You fix some, stet others. Friends and fans gulp down the book, and find mistakes your editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders all missed. You fix those too, as time allows. Then there's the appendix to prepare. And then the appendix needs to be edited, proofread, corrected... and on and on it goes...

But now even that is behind me. Copyediting, appendix, proofs, corrections, all that stuff. The book tour has been planned (a few details yet to be worked out), the marketing plans are in place... and I can finally say that Kong is not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead.

Now that the dust is settling at last, I thought I'd take a deep breath and look back at what a long strange trip this has been. If the process interests you, read on. But beware -- past this point, there may be some SPOILERS lurking amidst my discussion. Read on at your own peril.

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victorcreed78
May. 21st, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
That Little monkey...
Hi First post for me.
Congratulations on your wonderful work!
And about that cute little monkey...don't let her grew too old! :D
curtez
May. 21st, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
As a long time fan I can tell you I've been counting down the days for many years. At one point almost going crazy waiting. However I know every thing good in life is worth waiting for. And your books never disappoint. Thank you for all your hard work mr. martin.

Curt marshall
Oleh Demchenko
May. 21st, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you Mr. Martin. It's always a miracle for me to make a glimpse into the different dimension world that is revealing through your books. Mormons believe Joseph Smith book to be a holy scripture just because they couldn't believe it was written by a human. And when reading such books as yours, I'm getting a similar feeling - how all of this could be coming from a human head? No, there should be some magic or gods involved.. :)

Will be praying for your last 2 books of Song. Time is short, as you know, winter is coming...
jeroic9
May. 21st, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Since I am myself an aspiring fantasy writer, this is very useful and informative to me.

I got into this series recently when my boss recommended it to me, and I absolutely love it. I still have to read through A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows before this one is released, but when I get my hands on a good book (like, say, these ones) I read fast.

Can't wait!
quixoticlie
May. 22nd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Does somebody actually make a living by writing papers about your books? Can this please be my job? *_*
wickedglitter
May. 22nd, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay
Congrats on your hard work. I love your books and I am inspired to write because of your great story!

My husband doesn't read much. I couldn't even begin to tell him the story of A song of ice and fire because its so complex and beyond what I can describe. When the series came out I was scared to watch it only because I was worried it wouldn't do your books justice or it would be wonderful and then canceled. When my husband came to me and asked me to watch it with him, I eagerly agreed and was SOOOO happy that it is true to your story! I gasped and clapped my hands when Dany received her wedding gifts. When her dragon eggs were presented to her I squealed like a fan girl. "What is it?" My husband asked.
"Her dragon eggs!" I replied in a sing song voice and clapped my hands. Haha...it went on like that every episode, between dialog explaining things to come and things unexplained to my husband as we watched. It's fabulous!!! Thank you for your work!

I've got Dance already preordered from Amazon, but I am already eagerly waiting The Winds of Winter.

And on a sidenote, Why don't you ever come to sign in Houston Texas? Maybe next book tour you can pick some different cities instead of returning to the same ones so you get a chance to meet some new fans :)
daniel_hungary
May. 22nd, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
About unknown POV-character
First of all, thanks for your work, George R. R. Martin. :)

____________

And...hmmmm...who will be the mysterious POV-character?

I hope that he will be Varys :D or Petyr ;) or Sandor. I am sure (or more accurate: I hope), Sandor isn't dead. I am glad to see one of their minds. :D
danaewinters
May. 22nd, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
Sounding a barbaric YAWP for joy right now! Can't wait to read the new book!!

Edited at 2011-05-22 08:16 am (UTC)
g_e_s1
May. 22nd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks
And bless you! I'm looking forward to a real treat :)
inanna_maat
May. 22nd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD...

Oh my God!!! It´s amazing reading about your stuff and your writing process. And I think that it´s really hard to write and Song is a complicated saga with HUGE amount of points of view. No easy writing. So I´m clapping, good work and as you say, you have another book to write xDDDDDD...

Take care!!!! (and I apologize for my English xD, I´m from Spain!)

¡¡Gracias!!
Zafri Mollon
May. 23rd, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Congrats
Congrats, George! If I didn't live many hours away from Texas A&M, I'd consider going back for a Masters degree if only to see how much the book changed between revisions. I really enjoyed seeing Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker come together, and I'm sure this would be no different. I'd love for all the books to be done now, as I'm sure you would, but, as Joe Abercrombie would say, "You gotta be realistic about these things." In any case, I wish you all the best in the years ahead.
Michael Berl
May. 23rd, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
The Wait nears its end
And another memorable line at the end. Good thing you defeated Kong in the end, but i will keep telling my children the story of the monstrous ape until I hold a copy of "Dance" in my own 2 hands!
mandycorine
May. 23rd, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
It's Here! It's Here!
I've ACHED for it. And cursed world and author for the wait. But now that it's almost here, I'm just glad to have it!

Congratulations! Thanks for the fun! And thanks for working so hard!
nivelis
May. 23rd, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I just want to say THANK YOU!!! Your books are so inspiring and important to me and many of my friends. Thank you for this and forgive us our impatience! This story and characters are so great. Like good wine - if you taste it one time you dream about another gulp :P

Remember there are fans that think warm not only on books but also about you George! :)
douglascohen
May. 23rd, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Wonderful post, THANK YOU for this.
jesterado
May. 24th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for giving us an insight into the process. I look forward to joining the dance in July and my the winds be at your back (puns intended).
go_jess_go
May. 24th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
YES!!!!
George, I started reading your book before my junior year of high school and am now finishing up college and heading to medical school. I am so excited for this next book. I feel as if this series has been such a huge, wonderful part of my upbringing and best wishes to you!

P.S. GoT on HBO is AMAZING. I constantly look forward to watching it.
howdyphillip
May. 24th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Extremely exited
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your stories here online. I have been checking this websight almost daily for the last few years to check on the status of A Dance with Dragons. When the book was announced here, I let out a roar that would make ANY dragon proud. I was so loud that I disturbed the neighbors (they were away at work).

I can not wait to revisit these characters, and I am looking forward to seeing the books adapted to the screen as well. Thank you for this, and I just may have to plan a trip to the New Mexico to catch you at the convention. You are one of the people on my list of those I would love to talk to.
Kim Gessner
May. 24th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Feast for Crows concurrence key?
I would really like to drag out my reading of Dance as long as possible, and I think the best way to accomplish that is to read it concurrently with a re-read of A Feast for Crows. Is there any chance that you will provide a guide for the order in which we should read the two books together? I'm eagerly awaiting July 12.
inter_connected
May. 24th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Another Masterpiece by two Masters
With such a huge effort, I am sure this book will be one of the best in the series. We are extremely fortunate to get to listen to another Roy Dotrice audiobook. It must have been a great effort for him to record so many hours. I bet Roy was as excited to learn what happens to Tyrion and Dany, as the rest of us are.

I have been waiting to learn what happens to Tyrion, Jon and Dany for eight years! Considering the book is by the best fantasy writer and read by the best voice actor, I am sure it will be worth the wait! I will have to buy both versions!
juanorilo
May. 24th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats from Argentina
This is great, you post make me really happy!!!!! we dont have an argentinian version, we only have de spanish one. But now with de TV series Im sure that it´s a matter of time. Thanks again. your work is worthly and I N C R E D I B L E.
taotu
May. 24th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Tyrion is not the only Lannister with a viewpoint. Cersei and Jaime will have chapters as well, though... be warned... not a lot of them.

Yay! Jaime chapters!

Wait.

Not a lot of them?

...OH GOD. *Clings to Jaime*

I can't wait to read it but I suspect I'll miss this period of blissful innocence where I could pretend all my favourites would survive.
Ax23000
May. 24th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I'm going to have to stop by Texas A&M some day to check out all those drafts.
nycfalcon
May. 25th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Sign me up.
After reading this I've decided that I must become a writer just like you.

Seriously, I don't know how you do it.

Thank you.
mariel_b612
May. 25th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
What an amazing thing to have a writer who explains how he wrote his book, before its release. Congrats for a DANCE! We have a lot of faith in it. And the return of Tyrion...that justified the long wait. What a pleasure to have him again! Can`t wait!
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