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Well, so far so good so far as international shipping is concerned.

Orders are coming in, books are being weighed, packed, and shipped.



Assuming that there are no problems en route, or with customs on the other ends, maybe this will fly and we can make all our fans overseas happy. So keep those emails and orders coming.

Oh, and speaking of autographs, my friend Diana Gabaldon dropped by the JCC the other day, and signed a few more stacks of books for us. So we have replenished our supply of OUTLANDER titles (have you guys been watching the series? it's amazing). And Diana also signed some hardcovers of one of the anthologies she's in, SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH. While the supply lasts, we can offer copies of that one with four signatures: the two editors (me and Gardner), plus Diana Gabaldon and Neil Gaiman.



Happy reading!

Comments

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luthien44
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
So happy you're doing this, thank you (definitely cheers an immigrant in the UK up ;)
Will definitely place an order once I've got a job and am not a poor student anymore.

Also wondered if some illustrated editions of Song and Ice and Fire will ever be released? The dream, of course, is seeing Alan Lee and John Howe have a go at it!
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
There have been illustrated editions of all the goods, from Meisha Merlin and Subterranean, featuring art from some of the world's greatest fantasy artists.
luthien44
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome, must've missed it. Thanks for letting me know and will definitely look it up :)
s_scottstephens
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
John Howe illustrated the A Clash of Kings Meisha Merlin. Meisha Merlin only did extremely limited versions of A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. I think Jeffrey Jones did A Game of Thrones but my copy isn't handy right now to check.
luthien44
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Just checked online and they seem very difficult to acquire, but definitely worth saving for just in case. John Howe is amazing at drawing dragons, much be quite a gem to own
Ari Racing
Jun. 24th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Link?
Please post the ordering link :)
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Link?
raenorshine
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Link?
He explained the process two posts ago: http://grrm.livejournal.com/490872.html
Mark James Platt
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love the anthologies (Rogues was my favorite) and had no idea this was being released! Looking forward to it. Do you have a chapter George or have you abstained for son of Kong?

Edited at 2016-06-24 06:17 pm (UTC)
jamonych
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
SIgned book question
Will any of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books be apart of the JCC book store? (Signed of course)
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: SIgned book question
They are. Have been for years.
Don Iglos
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Orders from Germany
Is there any possibility to order those books from Germany?
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Orders from Germany
Yes. See my long blog post below.
A_Albizures
Jun. 24th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
World of ice and fire
Is the world of ice and fire signed? All the others are labeled as such, but not that one. I want to get it for my brother for his birthday. We are both huge fans, excited about the season finalize and sad that the season is over so fast.
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: World of ice and fire
All the books sold by the JCC are autographed.
A_Albizures
Jun. 24th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: World of ice and fire
Thank you.
cashcraig
Jun. 24th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
I ordered a signed copy of AGOT, because of how valuable that book is to me.

But what should I order if I want the most signatures from various authors for the lowest price? One of the anthologies, I would guess.
jacobsb2440
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
If you tell me who Jon's mother is with your autograph, I'll pay double with a tip!!!

I've also been shopping around for a Valyrian Steal Yeti cooler/icechest. It's apparently light weight and holds ice for months. The problem is no one seems to have one in stock, so I'm guessing Valyria is the only place to find one. It's how Euron keeps his Shade of the Evening chilled on long voyages.
Lauren Giova Dixon
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, I LOVE Jacqueline Carey! I've reread her Kushiel Legacy so many times. Btw, even if you end up killing every single female off in the GoT series, thanks for making so many badass women. Can't wait to read your Women anthology.

Btw, I don't know if the last comment posted, but did you happen to sign the leather-bound editions through this link? Thanks! And thanks for offering these, totally made my day.

Sorry, should have read all of your comments. I see that they are. Thank you again for signing these! :)

Edited at 2016-06-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
Lauren Giova Dixon
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh dear...
Me and my lame self didn't realize you were doing this and there it is, those damn leather-bound ones are sold out. How about this, I will send you an amazing GoT scarf (ok, well, it's pretty good at the very least!) and I will also give you lots of money (meaning $85 + shipping because to me that IS a lot of money, I don't even buy real crabmeat here people) and you can maybe add a few more signed boxed sets to the site! (Or to me, that's fine too.)

Pretty please.

With sugar on top.

I have nothing more to give.
Bioy Casares
Jun. 25th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
I thought the whole point of having your book signed was to keep a memento of meeting an author you admire. Why do people buy the books pre-signed?
grrm
Jun. 25th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
Ah... because they are collectible? Rare?

And often a good investment as well. A signed first edition of an important book can be worth quite a bit over time. Even signed paperbacks can be valuable and sought after.

Of course, much depends on the book, and on the author.
Bioy Casares
Jun. 25th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
hm, yeah, that makes sense. Though I do doubt ppl do it as a sharp investment decision, especially w international shipping; surely there are more effective ways to invest than that. It has to be an emotional reason. But yeah, I can sympathize with the drive to collect rare/special instances of stuff you like regardless of the expense very well, being a magic the gathering player, so as you say, that could be it. :D

Edited at 2016-06-25 02:38 pm (UTC)
Scivias11
Jun. 25th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
For me, it is not at all about value or collectibles! For me, it is about celebrating an author. Naturally the main celebration, beyond what is possible for those who know him or her personally, is the existence of the books themselves, the words, the stories, those are the most important thing. They can be reprinted, distributed, scattered, copied, and always are those works. That is different from a sculpture or a painting, of which there is only a single copy. Books once out are hard to wipe out, they are resilient, they exist in copies. And in all that spreading and scattering, sometimes it is nice to have a remembering of that real person who made them, beyond a name on the cover. As in an autograph. I'd hate to think I'd be asking for the hassle and extra burden of overseas shipping just for a gain in plain collectibles value ... no, for me it is a celebration of what exists, and not taken for granted at all.




Edited at 2016-06-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lisa Stilnovich
Jun. 26th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
True. I have a 1st edition, "Mountain Interval" 1916 Robert Frost,that is valuable(on all levels) unsigned. A signed first edition of the same book is around 6,000. Of course like Mr Martin says, "much depends on the book and on the author."Side note, Mr Martin, if I send you visual art as a gift, Do you receive it? I have read your wife and self are avid supporters of the arts.~Lisa
Sara Foster
Jun. 25th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
Many people will never get the chance tk meet their favorite authors as well. I'd love for a chance to meet George and have him sign a book for me, but sans that, I'd be happy to order a book or 5 that he has already signed, because I doubt the chance to meet him will ever happen.
Frank Probst
Jun. 25th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
Those signatures are hard to come by.
Neil Gaiman does very few signings these days, so I would imagine his signature is hard to get. And while GRRM still does signings at pretty much every convention he goes to, the demand is quite high, so you're usually limited to one book or object, and if it's a large con, you may not get a signature at all. I don't know about Diana Gabaldon or Gardner Dozois, but I would guess they're both a little hard to reach, too.

I agree with you that it's more fun to meet the author in person, but sometimes that isn't possible, and for anthologies, it can take you years to get everyone's signature. And that's assuming you can travel, because the chance that all of those authors are going to come to you is pretty slim. These days, many bestselling authors will sign a stack of books so that there are autographed copies, but they won't do actual signings where you line up to meet the author.
silverwhistle
Jun. 26th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I have an extremely low opinion of Diana Gabaldon and Outlander. But then, I'm Scottish and a historian…
grrm
Jun. 26th, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
Diana has a huge huge fan base in Scotland.
silverwhistle
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yes: unfortunately, a lot of people here are extremely ignorant about history and buy into a tartanised shortbread tin version, of which hers is a version.
silverwhistle
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
If you want to read a decent historical novel set in the same time-period, I recommend Neil Munro's The New Road, even if it was written in the early 20C. The author was a Highlander, and it has a thoroughly vile real-life villain in the form of Simon Fraser of Lovat, a man whom I suspect would get on well with the Boltons and Freys. (In fact, Hogarth's portrait of Lovat before execution is one of the creepiest things I've ever seen: it exudes evil. He's like a fat version of Walder Frey.)
grrm
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
How do you feel about the work of Nigel Tranter?
Tara Augenstein
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
Diana Gabaldon
Pbbbbllllggggghhhh!!!!! 😝😝😝She brings a lot of people joy. Although I respect your opinion. Please respect mine when I say, "Stick it in your ear!!"
sevensent
Jun. 27th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
International shipping
Hi George! I haven't commented in a while, but I just had to say thank you for supporting the US post office by mailing all those books in the priority mail boxes. I know international shipping can be a real cost burden. I only wish there was a way I could give you, my favorite author, a discount.

Cheers! And I hope the writing has been going well. Can't wait for Winds!

Sevensent

(aka Chris, from the post office in Penfield, NY)

And A huge fan of Song of Ice and Fire from the beginning.
grrm
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: International shipping
The USPS should bring back Sea Mail. The world still has plenty of ships. No every parcel needs to go priority.
GypsyDRB
Jun. 29th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: International shipping
To add to the sea mail point....with the broadening and deepening of the Panama Canal able to disgorge ships with 3 times the tonnage, one would think economies of scale would return allowing Sea Mail to be a viable option again.
cdvla313
Jun. 29th, 2016 07:28 am (UTC)
Are all of the 4x signed Songs of Love and Death sold out? The only edition I see on the website says they're softcovers, whereas this post says Diana only signed hardcovers. And I can't find specific info on the softcover listing saying who signed those.

Thanks for making all of these books available for purchase!
grrm
Jun. 29th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
No, plenty of signed hardcovers of SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH still remain.

(Well, maybe 'plenty' overstates it. Try 'twenty.')
cdvla313
Jun. 30th, 2016 03:35 am (UTC)
Great, thanks so much!
Anoop G
Jun. 29th, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
George..,

Pls visit India some time... You have huge fan following in bangalore. Thanks for the international shipping.. I have ordered ASOIAF signed boxset.. A big fan of ASOIAF !!!
MarkJISC
Jul. 8th, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
Happy customer
Great service - got the books really quickly in the UK, and just before the pound tanked against the dollar :-)
Signed books are really nice to have. Signed GRRM sits alongside some signed King family on my shelf..
lauraslibrary.wordpress.com
Jul. 12th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
20th anniversary edition
I see that a 20th anniversary illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones is coming out in October from Bantam. No illustrator is mentioned however. Are there various artists?
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