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Sending things to our office

George has, in the past, been happy to sign books or memorabilia for fans who were willing to ship them to him. Unfortunately, in recent months, primarily due to the success of the HBO show, the volume of incoming items has gotten too high. This is primarily due to resellers who want to get George's signature on things they then sell on eBay or through other channels.

To put a stop to this so that it doesn't take up so much time, I'm implementing the following policy for signatures:

* Any package sent to this office that has not been pre-arranged with our office administrator at grrmbooks@gmail.com will be refused and returned unopened.

* Items unrelated to George's work will not be signed (yes, I'm talking to you guy who sent us a giant box of baseballs to be signed)

* All signature requests must include the name of the person for whom the item is being signed, and will be personalized at George's discretion. No sending us 20 books "just signatures please"

* If you are a book dealer looking for signatures for your store, contact the office administrator at the above email address and we'll see if we can help you.

If you're a legitimate fan that wants a book signed, please contact us and we'll help you arrange that. If you want George to sign a hundred book plates so you can sell them on eBay for grossly inflated prices, sorry, you're out of luck.

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gianetta
Nov. 19th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
It's really nice of him to do that for fans, but I have a hard time believing real fans would want him spending time doing that sort of thing for them when he could be writing. There's plenty of time for autographs after book 7 is out! :)
justjohn
Nov. 19th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
I know your hassles are real, but from this distance the box of baseballs sounds hilarious.
jmctechie
Nov. 23rd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I definitely laughed.
chezsci
Nov. 19th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
So will George sign my Nook if I send it? That's where his books reside at my house. :D
Adam Mikhail
Nov. 19th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Email not working
Tried sending two emails to the address provided and both were refused.
grrm
Nov. 19th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Email not working
Yep, my bad. Confused my domains. It's fixed.
Ray Feighery
Nov. 19th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't even realize that would potentially be an option. I bought the first 5 HC's again at his reading here in Seattle.
I do have the excl box set of the first 4 novels that I wouldn't mind being signed (and an inscription would be a bonus!)but truly hate to bother him.
Shame that greedy people have to ruin it for everyone.

ngc7023
Nov. 19th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hello, I'm a huge fan from Serbia, and I'd like to have my copies of aSoIaF saga signed, but it's too costly for me to ship them to USA and back. Is there any other way to get an autograph from mr. Martin himself? I doubt he'll visit my country any time soon...


Thanks in advance.
saintmatthew
Nov. 19th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
"* All signature requests must include the name of the person for whom the item is being signed, and will be personalized at George's discretion. No sending us 20 books "just signatures please""

Lol.....good lord, some people....
David Jennes
Nov. 19th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Patrick Rothfuss
Maybe you can tray something like what Patrick Rothfuss did?

FAQ: “If I Mail You My Book, Will You Sign it?” (http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2007/08/faq-if-i-mail-you-my-book-will-you-sign-it/)

Edited at 2012-11-19 08:33 pm (UTC)
grrm
Nov. 19th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Patrick Rothfuss
Pat's a cool guy.

But this would get out of hand. We have too much crap to keep track of in this office already. Please don't send more things we'll have to find a space for.
Re: Patrick Rothfuss - Kristina Marie - Nov. 21st, 2012 03:56 am (UTC) - Expand
xcarex
Nov. 19th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a great system. Hopefully it thwarts the scammers/ebay people.
apostle_of_eris
Nov. 19th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's a drag that sort of chickenshit goes with the territory.
It's really nice of you to refuse delivery instead of just keeping the interesting stuff, though.
jedishywalker
Nov. 19th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Email Address
Hi There!

I just tried to send a message to the email you listed: grrmbooks@georgerrmartin.com, but it got returned with an error.

Is there another address I can try?

Best,

Shylah
grrm
Nov. 19th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Email Address
Yes, I fixed it.
Bill Dunn
Nov. 19th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Good Plan...
...I'd never even thought of sneding books to be signed and to expect the guy to sign books (or other stuff) just to increase its resale value is incredibly stupid in my opinion. I have some books signed by authors, but I have obtained them either by going to an author signing, or though some author approved method like signed page. All of them for for myself and personallized to myself (Well expect for one signed by a YA author that is signed to my daughter, and held in trust until see is of age for the book) and are a treasure for myself alone, not for monetary gain.

I alwys thought that if I ever got famous enough for someone to want my signiture I'd probably set some artificial max on the number book or whaterver, only sign them at an appearance, and only personallize them. Probably makes me a Jerk in some eyes though I imagine.
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dragonborngurl
Nov. 19th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
real...
You guys are so accessible and real, it's so refreshing. It burns me up people take advantage of others who are honest and genuinely down-to-earth nice. In a world of greed, dishonestly, ever-growing digital dishonesty and fake-ness. I appreciate George and you keep it real and "home".
Thanks. One day I hope to have a book in hand that Ser Martin can sign so we can exchange a smile. That would a really great experience to hold onto. If I should ever meet He or any of you guys somewhere and we have a libation together, even better. You never know. :)
May the winds of fortune grace your path always.
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emangine
Nov. 19th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
It's really cool that you take the time to do this! I would absolutely love to have a signed book but I wouldn't want to burden George or anyone else as I'm sure you have enough crap to deal with (a box of baseballs, really?)
Thank you for doing this, I hope it gets easier on you!
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