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I'm Number Two...

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... this week, anyway.

Talking NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list now. Other lists may differ.

Between my book tour and the madness that is San Diego Comicon, I was too busy to post the requisite squeal of glee, but hey, better late than never.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS debuted at #1 on the NYTimes list the week it came out. A "very strong" number one, my publishers tell me. (Though no number #1 can truly be said to be weak).

It held on to to the top slot the following week, despite a strong challenge from a thriller author who normally debuts at #1.

And yesterday, in its third week of release, DANCE slipped to the second spot, shoved aside by the new Harry Dresden novel from Jim Butcher.

I am also told that DANCE sold 298,000 copies on its first day of release, the biggest first day sale for any work of fiction released in 2011.

((And all this is just in the US. DANCE has been doing awfully well in the UK as well)).

So... all is good.

My thanks go out to all of you, my fans and readers, for your enthusiasm and support. It's in no small part thanks to you spreading the word that DANCE has achieved these record sales. There's no substitute for good word of mouth. ((THough having a hit series on HBO does not hurt either. Thanks, guys)).

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cat_o_wen
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats on being #1 as you truly deserved it! I received my copy last week which a friend (who works for Barnes & Noble in NYC) had you autograph for me (THANK YOU!!!!!!!!) and the story immediately sucked me back into the world you so brilliantly have created. Oh how I'd missed these characters....

I'll continue to shout praises for your books from the mountain tops!

madbard
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Pshaw. No need to thank us. You the man.
urnesha
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wish LJ had a "like' button. Not often but this is one of those times. :)
electricdruid
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your dedication, both to your fans and to your story.
weswilson
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have you know that I postponed starting DoD till after I re-read Storm and Feast. I have a two year old and a four year old, so I can read about four pages a day without passing out. I'm a quarter of the way through Feast. This is WORK I'm putting in here, Mr. Martin! :)
dancolon47
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Loved DANCE WITH DRAGONS
Every time I read your books, I tell people that if I were an author I would write using the methods that you use.

Loved the new book ... though those were some brutal cliffhangers you left.

I'll be anxiously wringing my hands, waiting for the next book to come out around 2016 ... LOL!
Patrick McCabe
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: Loved DANCE WITH DRAGONS
Seriously! I just finished it (after rereading the entire series to hail the coming of this fine book, and the amazing TV series) and now Mr. Martin, could you postpone the next 2-3 years of your life and please get the next two books out before my head explodes?!
moonshineray
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Your books are definitely worthy of the #1 slot.
Between you and Butcher I have been in book heaven lately.
musedmoose
Aug. 7th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Seconded on all counts. July was an enormously great month for reading, between A Dance with Dragons and Ghost Story. Both such amazing continuations of two awesome series.

Thank you again, Mr. Martin.
William Jennings
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
You Deserve the It
Dance is wonderful and so is the series as a whole. The book would be doing great even without the show.
kirill_koval
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
you just don't forget to finish the book, I'm afraid to die before the final ((
reader from Ukraine
saxster
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed each and every minute of Dance. Congratulations, George!
hiyokonojinsei
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive~~~ And I can't wait to reading it. *o*

Anyways, congrats on being so high on the ranks. From the previous books, I know you deserve it.

I WANT MY COPY~! xD

Best regards from Chile. ^^
Glenn Stevens
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Taking my time reading Dance. Even though it's tempting to just read it all in one go, it almost feels like a sin to do that to a book you've put so much time and effort into.

Also, congratulations on the impressive sales, you've earned every last bit of it.
dybbuk67
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I loved ADwD Possibly the best comment I can pay you is that once I got done with it, I was seriously at a loss as to what to read next. Nothing is seeming to measure up right now, even China Meiville.

Well, guess I'll wait for the next installment in Stirling's Novels of the Change and hope its half as good.
Theodore Markulin
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
A Song of Ice and Fire withdrawl rehab suggestions
Mr. Martin, I hope you don't mind me posting some reading suggestions. If it's a problem I'll understand.

If you haven't already read Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber you should. A must read for any fantasy reader. It is all in first person limited so Zelazney can employ many tricks and twist. The first person limited is a bit unusual at first, but you get over it and begin to love it after a while.

Also, if you haven't tried the shared universe of Wild Cards that Mr. Martin edits, you should. Wild Cards to me feels similar in character development and story but in a superhero/villain way.
richardthe23rd
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
If anyone's put in the years of quality work to deserve it, it's you.
kate_schaefer
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
What Richard said. Looking at the chart in last Sunday's NYT Book Review made me kvell in empathy. A whole NYT chart just for GRRM? Damn fine, and completely earned.
ti_ana
Aug. 5th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
You deserve it!
lefox
Aug. 5th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
No - thank you for writing such an amazing book! Enjoy the praise and the seat at or near the top of the charts - you earned 'em.
tripleneck
Aug. 6th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I loved ADWD! It's great to see those high rankings for your books in the NYT Book Review charts. I'm also really enjoying the new controversies and crackpot theorizing that's going on at the forums on Westeros. Those are the kind of fires that'll keep me warm until "The Winds of Winter" comes.
psunshine
Aug. 6th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Loved Dance, Mr Martin. It was well worth the wait. However long the wait is for the next book, I'm sure it will be worth it as well.
cailin_t
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I personally have turned 10 people onto the books, and all are in love. One just read the, uh, major death in book 1 (trying not to spoil here, haha) and another just read the Red Wedding, haha. It's fun to relive the passion over and over.
fluxity
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Nice job! I'm also curious if there's been a big boost in sales for A Game of Thrones? There must be droves of new readers lately!
mmc12
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
congratulations!
it sure was a great book and you deserve to sell a lot of copies! I yelled out loud in several places while reading late at night and woke up the cat, and if that isn't the mark of a good story... ;)
albarel
Aug. 6th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
The Queen's Hand
Just reached this chapter in ADwD.
SO angry.
ghostgrass
Aug. 9th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: The Queen's Hand
ADWD was awesome! But I agree, I hope that character's story goes *a different direction* than it might seem. Bring on Winter so we can find out!
Borgn Katrnardttir
Aug. 6th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I decided to check out the books after watching the first season of Thrones and wow, this is some seriously addictive stuff! :) I don't think I've ever been this hooked on a book/books before... Can't wait to get my hands on ADWD! So thank you for this amazing series and congratulations :)
fixnwrtr
Aug. 6th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
And all it took was writing a great story. Congratulations, George.
eowyn
Aug. 6th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!
rumata
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Got me second copies of the first two volumes because the first paperbacks started disintegrating due to laborious reading by my friends since 1997 )
Congratulations from Russia!
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