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I'm Number One...

tiger
... 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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hippoiathanatoi
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, George! Also #1 on the Publishers Weekly list.

I do wonder if that's a record for the longest span of time between publication and hitting #1 on the NYT Best Seller list. My understanding is that LotR fails by a technicality -- the New York Times opted not to include the books when the movies were airing, despite their selling like hotcakes.

I'm expecting some popular film (or show) adapted from a novel is the likeliest place to look for a book ending up at #1 years after the back, but Googling around has not found anything. I do know that the Hobbit ended up on the list for the first time 40 years after its publication, but that was only at #12, not #1.

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