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The NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for August 19 has been released. Here 'tis:


A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is on the list, hanging in there at #10 in hardcover bestsellers. Which is not news by itself. DANCE has been on the list for a long time, moving down, moving up, but never quite falling off. For 52 weeks.

That's the news. DANCE has been on the NYT list for one full year.

I never could have imagined this, not in my wildest dreams.

Copy of DWD5

This is a terrific moment for me, of course, but it is nothing I could ever have achieved without the help of others... so very many others...

I owe them thanks.

Thank you to me editors and publishers, past and present, to Anne Groell, Scott Shannon, Nita Taublib, Jennifer Hershey, Irwyn Applebaum, to my valiant and tireless publicists David Moench and Chris Artis, and to all the other great folks at Bantam Spectra and Random House.

Thank you to all the critics and reviewers, who gave the book such outstanding notices, not to mention all sorts of cool awards. I have never had a book better reviewed.

Thanks for all the journalists and feature writers and bloggers who conducted interviews, ran contests, and helped spread the word.

Thanks to Parris, who was with me through every page, and to Ty, my acerbic assistant, who helped crack the whip and spurred me on and kept the trolls at bay. One of these days he may even teach me to say, "no."

Thanks to the Brotherhood Without Banners. Fans and friends, AND they throw the best party at worldcon.

Thanks for all the booksellers and librarians everywhere. You're all heroes.

Thanks to Mike Lombardo and Sue Naegle and Richard Plepler and Mara Mikilian and all the rest of the great folks at HBO, and thanks especially to Brian Cogman, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss, to Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Jack Gleeson, Nicholaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Michelle Fairley, and the rest of the greatest cast on television, and to our amazing cast and phenomenal directors. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS would likely have made the NYTimes list without the GAME OF THRONES series, but beyond doubt, it is the show that has kept the books riding high for so long. You've all done amazing work.

But most of all, thanks to you, my readers. You were the ones who bought the book a year ago when it first hit the shelves, and you are the ones who are still buying it today, and pressing copies on your lovers and kin, and telling your friends to buy their own copies. Luck can get a book on the list, even keep it there for a week or two... but only a long, sustained passion and great word of mouth can keep a title on the TIMES list for one solid year. So take a bow, readers. I owe it all to you.

All I can say is... keep reading. The best is yet to come.


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Aug. 12th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
I was one of the ppl who pre ordered ADWD on Amazon.
Than I bought it again when the translation to my language came out.
Though it's excellent book it's kind of transitional character only left me yearning for more. So:
Thank you for the wonderful series and in behalf of all us needy bastards please do learn to say no, we crave for AWOW.

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I can't wait for the next book.
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
First of all, Thank YOU! You put up with all sorts of abuse from fans, and still worked on Dance until you got it right. Cudos and thank you.

Secondly, in case some of those same folk start in on you again, a tee shirt for you:

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)

Kimberly Graham Verstegui
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Mr. Martin! You really deserve this! Your books are awesome! I really wish that I could have read the 1st book before watching the HBO series, but it's allright, all the other books I already read them in like 2 months, except for the 5th, I'm just waiting for the book to get in my country in spanish to read it! Hope it doesn't take too long to come.
Again, congratulations, and take care.

Aug. 12th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
Wait, Anne Groell is your editor? We share an editor?

I have to do a little dance of squee now.

*squee dance, squee dance, squee dance*!

Ahem. Okay. Now I can say:

CONGRATULATIONS! Wow, holy mackeral, congratulations!
Fredrik Fornnger
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
next book
So now we really look forward to the next book. :)

keep up the good writing. You are fantastic :)
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thats amazing! Congrats George!
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Things that are perfect about GRRM: The content of this entire post.

Aug. 12th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
This is awhhhe-some!
Well, it´s long overdue!

Greetings, Andy
Aug. 12th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I'm glad to read such news! It's great to see great writing being supported by readers :)
Robyn Giannopolo
Aug. 12th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats Mr. Martin! Love the series and can't wait for the "yet to come" of which you speak! :)

Aug. 12th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well Deserved!
3000 some odd pages, and I'm still hungry! A full year on the NY Times List must feel amazing, but I'm not surprised. Only Tolkien and Vonnegut have stayed with me as long as your words and characters. Now get back to the keyboard!
Aug. 12th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
You might even thank HBO because I know I ignored all my friend's recommendations to read the books (I'm stubborn like that), but when I fell in love with ALL the characters on HBO I knew I had no choice... I needed to read the books (I just started the 4th, Feast of Crows).

But of course let me thank you, these are incredible books, I'm loving every minute spend in your world!
Aug. 12th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Well done George!
"All I can say is... keep reading. The best is yet to come".


Haha, can't wait to read the next one!
Aug. 12th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
The Best is Yet to Come
I've personnally gotten 3 people hooked on your books and it is not thanks enough for all the hours upon hours of great art you havee given me through your books.

The best is yet to come; and man won't it be fine!
Christy Turner
Aug. 12th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Enjoy every moment of happiness that comes with all of the hard work.
Caminante del Camino
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from Spain! And of course, thank you very much for writing such a wonderful series of books. I'm looking forward to reading not only the end of this, but of all the other stories that are still in your mind waiting to come out and fill the pages.
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - how wonderful!

Remember when fantasy never got near the New York Times bestseller lists? This is a good thing for all of us.
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! :)
Carey Wilson
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I own the hard cover but am so excited to invest in the paper back so I can read a new WoW chapter (hopefully!)!
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)

And thank YOU for writing! I'd only just begun the craft, but wow...the energy and effort it takes. Kudos to writers.

I'm very much looking forward to Books 6 and 7, but until then, I'll also pick up the dunk and Egg Anthology(ies?) once out...hopefully in hardcover run.

Speaking of reading and books, I'm about 100 pages from finishing Mockingjay, then it's on to Stieg's Trilogy, followed by Wheel of Time. In my reading pile I have: Daniel Abraham's Dagger and Coin books, Bernard Cornwell's Saxon stories, and Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and its sequel. Lots to keep me busy until there's another Seven Kingdoms book (whether it's Ice and Fire or Dunk and Egg).

I hope Book 6 is going well for you, and the bitches and bastards are minimal.
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Wou! Congrats!! You really deserve this.
Aug. 12th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
<3 you deserve the year on the list, it was a wonderful book! Keep up the hard work, we really do appreciate it!
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Great news!
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