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Sending things to our office

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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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( 42 comments )
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.
Kristina Marie
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: Patrick Rothfuss
Well, if the "gift" thing Patrick proposes would result in excess clutter, what about a donation to a charity George supports? It wouldn't have to be something excessive, but George (based on his posts) seems charity minded. And asking for even a small donation might deter people who are not as altruistic or honest in their intentions in seeking an autograph.
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.
the_terrible
Nov. 19th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me!
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!
Ameer Lahrim
Nov. 20th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Is it free? Do we just pre-arrange it then send it and you automatically send it back all free (except for postage of course)
grrm
Nov. 20th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
George never allows anyone to charge money for his signature.
indigofan
Nov. 20th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Which is one of the many, MANY reasons I have so much respect for him. Thanks for finding a way for your fans to still get signatures, Mr. Martin. Sorry some people suck. ;)
cyberalien
Nov. 20th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
An Amazing Person!
George has to be the coolest author ever. Right after "Clash" came out George was selling copies of "Game" from his site. I already owned a copy of the 1st edition, but wanted a signed copy so I ordered one from him. As my check was in the mail the price increased quite a bit due to the demand (and this is well before HBO was in the picture). Not only did George honor my original charge, but he traded me my original 1st edition "Game" for a 1st edition "Clash" which he had (I couldn't find one myself). He also agreed to sign several of my other books of his. Not wanting to bother him, but also not wanting to miss the chance, I packed the rest of the box with all the other stories of his I owned in various "Analog'" and Asimov's Science Fiction" magazines. I expected him to only sign the hardcovers and ship the box back to me (postage was prepaid by me). He was gracious enough to go through the box and sign and inscribe everything I put in there. Being a huge fan, I can't tell you how psyched I was to receive this box back. I couldn't believe he would take the time and energy to do this for a fan. I would never sell ANY of these mementos. I still can't believe my luck with this, but even more so, I can't believe he is still willing to do this for his fans after all the success he has achieved since that day many years ago. George R.R. Martin is one class act! He is not only a phenomenal author, but he has to be the most down-to-earth and generous famous person ever!!! Thank you Mr. Martin.
Miranda Kurucz
Nov. 20th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
I truly believe GRRM leaves his signature in each of his books; Read between the lines people!

An autograph is something you get from the man in person-- When you play the game of autographs, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. So get them in person when GRRM is free, or not at all!

Keep on writing!!! I cannot wait any longer for The Winds of Winter or to read more on Varys, Tyrion, Arya, and Jon!!!!!!
nycfalcon
Nov. 20th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
Damn! I knew I should have sent a crate of footballs instead.
Eli Patrice
Nov. 20th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
George, you have already "signed" my books with your wonderful prose. I look forward to experiencing your complete signature on the literary world: ASOIAF, brought to a conclusion by The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, which I will be purchasing day one of release regardless of rain, sleet, or snow :)

Best wishes, and good luck with those cartons of footballs I sent you! Shouldn't take you more than a few days to Sharpie them up.
AThingOfThrones
Nov. 20th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info!
I've collected several of George's books with signatures and one in my collection didn't have one. Maybe someday I will try to work something out through this to fix that. Thanks for being so generous!
harvey_rrit
Nov. 20th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Baseballs.

BASEBALLS?

You're way nicer than I am. I'd have signed them all "Carl Yastrzemski" and sent them back.
ammitnox
Nov. 20th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Right? If anything, it should be footballs!
indigofan
Nov. 20th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
HAH!
maggies_lens
Nov. 20th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
My gawd, I would NEVER presume to send something to an author asking it to be signed. I have two signed books which I was lucky enough to get because I got to meet the authors; it's the memory of those meetings which makes the signed version of the book a bit special to me.

Oh and hey those baseballs? You could write back, "sure, we'll send them back to you. One by one.. At random intervals. Through your windows..."

You could build a trebuchet and call it research for the books...

*evil grin*
zireael07
Nov. 20th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Good one. And oh my gosh, some people really don't think...
Riza Ponciano
Nov. 20th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
this is really good of you. fans should really be thankful for all the efforts you've put into this. thanks! :)
arkham1010
Nov. 20th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Can i get him to sign my Tom Brady jersey?
gracht
Nov. 20th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Would that God the gift could gie us, to see ourselves as others see us...
Shocked that greedy chancers are so blatant about turning a quick buck. Instead of returning the baseballs, why not donate them to a local peewee team? In fact, instead of all the bother and time wasted "returning to sender", items not 'pre-arranged' with you could be donated to charities e.g. clothing to a homeless centre, toys to a children's hospital, books to colleges/schools etc.Your admin time alone winnowing the chaff from the grain must be horrendous & how will you know something is not 'pre-arranged' until you open it? Then you have to re-wrap all the unsolicited crap, address it, take it to the post office and arrange to pay all the individual postage costs? I say that's spinach and to hell with it. I take my hat off to you all though; for keeping your integrity in the face of such stark profiteering (excuse the pun). Why are there so many Littlefingers in the world...? Sigh.

Edited at 2012-11-20 05:10 pm (UTC)
flamelight
Nov. 20th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm torn between laughing and facepalming over the box of baseballs. I hope these new rules help to make the volume of mail your office is receiving more manageable. If I ever get any of my books signed, I want it to be at a book signing or public appearance; I just love the memories of obtaining an autograph in person. :)
leaf_collector
Nov. 20th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Ditto what most other people have been saying: I didn't realize this was even an option...!
Maybe after Christmas (read: the Christmas rush?), I'll send my beat-up old copies all the way from Alaska for some signing! It would make my nerdy little heart go pitter-patter, GRRM, not even going to lie.

Ps. If it wins points in my favor, ASoFaI is always my #1 recommendation while working ;) (at my local bookstore~)...
Max Schilling
Nov. 21st, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I kinda want a signed GRRM baseball now...
guessingo
Nov. 21st, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
how about giants memorabilia?
What if I send him 2 game worn Eli Manning jerseys? One to sign and one to keep? Or maybe a football used in one of the Giant superbowl wins?

or maybe a copyrighted 2007 New England Patriots 19-0 jersey?

if i send him one for himself can I get one signed?

Couldn't help myself. I'm sure George is just as worried about the Packers this weekend as I am.

So what did you do with the box of baseballs? George will know he is famous when women start sending undergarments to sign.
whishastar
Nov. 21st, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for making sure fans don't get left out just because of a handful of greedy people looking to make a profit. <3
Marshall Terrin
Dec. 2nd, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
email
Hello, what email do i send a formal request to? Grrmbooks@georgerrmartin.com got kicked back with a failed to deliver message. I hope you don't mind me posting what i said here:

"I know you get a lot of signature requests. Is there a certain time of the year that would be easier to request a signing? I am going to replace my paperback SOFAI series with hard cover books for christmas. It would be amazing if they could be signed one day. I feel like his work has impacted my life in a positive way, and i'm hooked. I now am a "reader" when i could never finish a book in my life.

Anyway, please let me know what you think of my request. I am sure it is crazy times with HBO's season 3 coming out and all the pressure to complete Winds of Winter."
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