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Home again in New Mexico... for a few days, at least. Just enough time to catch my breath before flying off to the San Diego Comicon.

While I was gone, Ty moved all my internet functions to a nifty new computer (just the Windows side of things, however, my writing computer remains the same dependable DOS machine as always). The internet stuff seems to be working well, as witness my appearance here... but I do not seem to have any email yet. So if you've been emailing me and wondering at my silence, that's why. I have not had any access to email since leaving on my book tour.

My book tour, by the way, was astonishing. More than a thousand people at every appearance. Close to two thousand in New York. And such great people too... unfailingly cheerful and friendly and enthusiastic, despite having had to wait in line, in some cases for many hours. I have the best fans in the world. I appreciate all your support.

The success of DANCE has exceeded my wildest expectations. We had the strongest first day sales of any work of fiction released this year, certainly the strongest sales of my career. Not to mention the best reviews of my career, and some amazing word of mouth. That all means a great deal to me. It is no secret how long and hard I struggled with this one. Knowing that tens of thousands... indeed, hundreds of thousands... of my readers feel it was well worth the wait heartens me more than I can possibly say.

I will be posting my full schedule for San Diego tomorrow or the day after. And after comicon, it will be on to LA, the Bay area, Seattle, Denver, and Lexington. I hope to meet many more of you there.

Thanks, all. You guys (and gals) rock.

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americanstudier
Jul. 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Ave Martin
Dear Mr. Martin,

First, thanks for reading and responding to that prior poster--your willingness to interact with us readers (here and elsewhere) is one of the most (of a long list of) impressive things about you, to my mind.

Also on that long list is your prose, and especially your ability to create those rich and textured descriptions and worlds, and I think I speak for most all of us readers when I say that we fell in love with ASOIAF in good measure because of those qualities and would never want you to change them.

But I do believe, as perhaps the first poster here does, that in the first three books of the series you were able to wed that style to plots that moved forward very impressively, including coming to strong (not final, of course, but clear) conclusions within their books. Which is to say, to me those books were exhibits A, B, and C for your ability to detail the journey while still taking us to amazing destinations, proving that the either-or of that construction is not necessarily accurate. So I would follow up the first person's post to say that, for me, AGOT through ASOS exemplify your ability to wed journey to destination, detail to plot, and I know I speak for many readers when I say that I hope we can get back to that (not-red) wedding in TWOW.

Thanks,
Ben

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