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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. 14th, 2012 10:02 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this story with us
I'm on the third to last chapter of a Dance with Dragons. I think about it all day until I can settle down to another reading, but I've had to slow down because I don't want the story to end. when it's done I'm going to miss all these people (and other creatures) I've come to know so well. Luckily they can continue to amuse me as they live on in my head.
Aug. 14th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! And thank you for writing these amazing books!
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm reading it right now :)

Can't wait for the next one!
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Molto Bene
I'm totally delighted for this!
Traci Rowland
Aug. 15th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you for making our world a better place, by contributing to literature, and giving those of us who are different other worlds to hide in. I haven't read any of your work yet, but read a post on Politico about your post on the voter suppression laws that have been passed and are being considered. Bless you for your compassion.

Congratulations on your success, I felt your joy, and that made me joyful for you.

You say you never could have imagined your success in your wildest dreams, but I see brilliance in you. Why are you surprised? Brilliant people do brilliant things.
Aug. 15th, 2012 09:42 am (UTC)
My pleasure :)
Reading your works is truly my pleasure. Thanks go to you sir.

A question for anyone reading this; my sister recently landed a publishing deal for her work of young adult (teenage?) fiction. They're offering to pay her 10% of the net royalties. Is that normal? It sounds low to me, after all it's her writing.
Aug. 15th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: My pleasure :)
Well, 10% is pretty standard for an actual paper book. (E-books are another kettle of fish). The rub is the word "net" in "net royalties." Most royalties are gross -- the cover price, times the number of copies sold, times the royalty rate.
Aug. 16th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Re: My pleasure :)
Thank you for taking the time to respond. Very kind. :)
Jill Abatemarco
Aug. 16th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Come back and visit us at the Studio City Barnes & Noble! We miss you.
Amanda Milholland
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Well deserved!
Congratulations! A well-deserved accomplishment! :)

Can't wait til we have Winds of Winter and we can see how long it stays on the list too ;) (wink-wink, nudge-nudge... Okay, I tried. :P)
Aug. 18th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Thank YOU
I bought the first book in Game of Thrones in paperback, my preferred format, and loved it so that I ran out bought the next book, even though it was only in hardback, even though it cost more and didn't fit in my bookshelf. It was worth it. Thank you for making the long wait for books three, four and five worth it. I hope you enjoy the writing half as much as I do the reading!
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