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I'm Number One...

... and also number four, number six, and number eight.

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2011-07-10/mass-market-paperback/list.html



When GAME OF THRONES was first published in 1996, it failed to make any bestseller lists (well, maybe it made the LOCUS list, don't recall), and certainly never got within shouting distance of the Top Ten in the TIMES. While I still recall the highlights (Joe Beth in Lexington, Kentucky and Kepler's in Menlo Park, California) of that first signing tour, I recall the lowlights even better -- the St. Louis signing where the only four people in the cafe/ bookstore actually LEFT when I got up to speak, and the Dallas signing where I drew a dozen people while Clifford the Big Red Dog drew hundreds. And here we are, fifteen years later, with GAME at number one on the list. Where's that dog now, I want a rematch!

Thanks to David and Dan and HBO, they had a lot to do with this.

And thanks to you, my readers, as well. No promotion, no advertising, no marketing campaign can ever hope to match word of mouth. Without the loyalty and enthusiasm of my fans, none of this would ever have happened.

I hope you all have a great Fourth. It's certainly going to be a good one for me.

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mr_jacobean
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
We, readers, live to serve ;) I actually managed to encourage a couple of my friends, even my brother's wife, to read your books. And now they are, as they say, indebted to me for the chance to encounter such great novels :)
ajlewis921
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
My pleasure.
I recall a somber morning in lonely London, sharing a book between myself, my insomnia, and an open patio. My travel companions slept the sleep of the dead. As dawn approached, and as I tore through the pages you'd given me, all at once I became a missionary, a Jesuit bound to spread your Word. I have done so. Believe me when I say that my work has had its effect. Beyond me, there are many and more; they have also done their duty.

Thanks.
Blackfyre
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
GRATZ!
Congrats George! Its long overdue...
mariefoxprice
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
UK tour
How about a UK tour? I stupidly didn't go to the Feast one though I easily could have since one location was only an hour's drive or so away from me, been regretting it ever since.
Alex Julian
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Great Work
I could not be happier for you, sir. Congrats.
direliz
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks to Diana Gabaldon
I had read her outlander series and went on her site to see when a new book was coming out and she recommended ASOIF and sang praises to your work. I had always been a sci/fi - fantasy fan so I ordered GoT for my Kindle last in April of 2010. I didn't start the book until this past Xmas and then within a few chapters ordered the following three on my Kindle. Of course I created buzz about the series in my family (we're all fantasy fans), with now every member having read the books, then low and behold HBO is doing the series. I know I haven't sweated out the many years, but I am eagerly awaiting Dance along with my sisters, my sons, my neighbors and I even sent a client the entire set of books when she told me she was "in love" with Khal Drogo on HBO. The truth is, whether you are early or late to the Game; you start as a piece then quickly become a player.

It's no surprise that your success has become exponential when all you have to do is bring the horse to the water and to its sweetness. My 18 year old son has crowned you "the genius" and brought his books to high school every day of his last few months of his senior year and read them whenever he could. His teachers at graduation told me that they are hooked with the series. LOL, I went to get a hair cut last week and all the hairdressers and their spouses are also into the GoT.

My son and I will see you in Boston, and can't wait to slay Kong on the 12th!
Rustic Penn
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
One of my colleagues was really pushing me into reading it in 2008, I am not new to fantasy having devoured LOTR during school days.. I got the first book and took about 3 weeks to finish it the other 3 were finished in a week!, I have given my books to many but in the end it was the TV series which converted most of my colleagues :), Some of my friends just ordered the 5 book package on seeing the NYT list... I am happy that the series is getting the attention it deserves :), I hope ADWD grabs the number 1 slot !
weswilson
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I've been recommending this series since I got into it just after Storm was released. Thanks for the good times, and giving me a really fierce read to recommend.

Seriously: Your books challenged the tropes and crushed them under heel without trying to undermine the narrative. Keep up the good work.
vetiairbe
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I was in Belfast yesterday, and I realized how much the TV show was popular: some street musician was actually playing the theme music in the busy centre...!
davvy123
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Can't wait for "Dragons"...
This is great, congratulations, you deserve all of it. I'm a new fan, picked up the books after seeing episode 1 of "Thrones" on HBO.

I've been reading them one after the other since then, but stopped after the last "Crows" Arya POV chapter, because I'm so distressed you may have made her permanently blind! I've read your comments that Book 5 will cover other characters' POVs, in the same time frame, so are we going to find out what really happened with Arya? I do hope so. In any event, I shall finish Book 4 this week, so that I'll be ready for "Dragons" when in releases next week.

Once again, congratulations, "Ice and Fire" is undoubtedly the very best series I've read. Please keep writing! :-)
luntushka
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
You may be sure - I'm constantly talking about your saga to all people I know. To my parents, my friends, at my work. First time they read my books, now they have bought their own. It's sad, that Dance will not be published soon in Russia. I have to read it in English, although it's a bit hard for me.
danithesquirrel
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The series has finally reached its' rightful place!
winddancer110
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I am not much for advertising, especially in blogs, but this is pertaining to the series and I do think you George will be blown away by this as I was. Jason Yang plays the violin and did a youtube video of the opening music of GOT. Even if you do not allow this message through, at least watch it, it is jawdropping fantastic!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yydcG9woWA&feature=channel_video_title if link doesnt work: Jason Yang Game of Thrones Violin Cover.
A fan of the books and the tv series, this is definitely a must hear!
Steven Francis
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
If it wasn't for HBO and a Friend
... A friend of mine had been trying to get me to read the books for a while now. But I had others to finish and I was like, I'm sure its great but I have to finish Dark Tower before reading anything else. When I was done book 7 of Dark Tower and was through the pain (the good and bad kind that comes with a good read) from the ending, I go downstairs and turn on HBO OnDEMAND to find something to watch, probably to give my brain something to heal itself with. I find the title Game of Thrones under HBOs section and I'm like, that's that book Alan's been trying to get me to read. There were 3 episodes up OnDemand. I turn it on. After episode 1 I go out and I buy the books. I have not put them down since.
I'm almost done AFfC, and cannot wait for book 5. Your series has quickly replaced Dark Tower as my favorite fantasy series and have quite easily become my favorite fantasy author. I have never been so engrossed in a world before. You are, without exaggeration and Hyperbole, one of the best, and a great inspiration. Since then I have spread the series to 4 other friends who cannot put it down, and spend much the time talking about it all with my friends who have seemingly all picked it up.
I bow to you sir.
Hipployta
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
I remember starting Game of Thrones in high school...so 97?

I remember raging with the fandom over the delays (tee hee...sorry).

I still randomly check out the Song of Fire and Ice tv tropes pages to see any changes.

Also...when I sacrificed all my books and moved over to e-books I spent that $40 bucks for all the books. SO PAINFUL.

Fond memories...good times...and you deserve your success. I might even tune into the HBO series now that the season is over.
ripley9
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! I have to say I didn't know about the books until they were being made into an hbo series. They are now my favorite books of all time!!! Well deserved!!
writethesky
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats Mr. Martin!
It's all well deserved.
TheDudeDiogenes
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
About time!
You deserve it! Congrats George!
telisiane
Jul. 6th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Congrats!
Congrats, George! I am so happy for you! No writer has been nicer to his fans and deserves it more. I remember back in the day when I got my ACoK signed in the SF Valley (at Dangerous Visions, I think), and you were sweet enough to listen to me rant for 5 minutes about how I wanted a Cersei POV. I also checked out the Vroman's signing in Pasadena in January, and how times have changed! (Although you are probably glad you no longer have the time to listen to the fans rant at signings.) Thanks for the amazing books, and I can't wait to read ADwD. Best to you and Parris -- Lady Teli
lawdogman
Jul. 6th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Spoilers
Even the NY times best sellers list drops spoilers. The description for book drops a big one!
Zachary McNally
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Congratulations and Congratulations Again
First, for having 4 novels in the top 10 NYT Bestseller list.

Second, for having 5 novels in the NYT Bestseller list. Okay, maybe this one hasn't happened yet, but its only 7 days away!

See you on the 12th. And then again the next day i think.
mentalpiracy
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
A couple of my friends were bragging that they read A Game of Thrones while watching the TV show and I was like...I f-ing finished them all 5 years ago. What about that?

But really I'm glad so many people are finally getting into these books.
ellensparkleyes
Jul. 6th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
dude, that's wicked cool! where can i get that as a poster? my husband would love it!
mmc12
Jul. 6th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I think I picked up A Game of Thrones in 1999, maybe 2000, and I've been bothering everyone I know to read them ever since. :) Most of the friends I've nagged into reading them have been hooked right away. (I still haven't heard from the friend who bought the books right after finishing Season 1 of the show -- she said she'd be able to talk to me as soon as she finished A Feast for Crows -- ha!)

So happy for your much deserved success. Thank you for taking the time to make the books as fantastic as they have always been. Good luck on your book tour, safe travels.

Now I need to finish rereading the last book in preparation for next week! *Yay*
lugajetboygirl
Jul. 6th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations, George!
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