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Talking About the Dance

Kong is dead. That is to say, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is complete, and moving inexorably towards its July 12 publication date.

Yes, I know. Old news. I've announced that before. And since finally completing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS some weeks ago, and announcing it here, I have been working on... drum roll, please... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS!

That's the way it goes with books. You finish, and breathe a sigh of relief... and then you get back to work. There's always more to be done. Your editor reads it and gives you notes. You make revisions, corrections. A copyeditor goes over the text, finds errors, points out contradictions and inconsistencies, raises queries. You fix some, stet others. Friends and fans gulp down the book, and find mistakes your editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders all missed. You fix those too, as time allows. Then there's the appendix to prepare. And then the appendix needs to be edited, proofread, corrected... and on and on it goes...

But now even that is behind me. Copyediting, appendix, proofs, corrections, all that stuff. The book tour has been planned (a few details yet to be worked out), the marketing plans are in place... and I can finally say that Kong is not just merely dead, but really most sincerely dead.

Now that the dust is settling at last, I thought I'd take a deep breath and look back at what a long strange trip this has been. If the process interests you, read on. But beware -- past this point, there may be some SPOILERS lurking amidst my discussion. Read on at your own peril.

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May. 20th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Ha ha, might have to take a trip to my alma mater Gig 'em
Didn't know that. Congrats on completing this beast again.
May. 20th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
The Monkey Treatment
Share your secret, George, how do you get so many readers eagerly anticipating your next novel? What?... your method's called "The Monkey Treatment?" Where do I sign up?

(Me, the aspiring writer, a few days later: "Your monkey, sir. Kindly help me remove it.")
Michael Howley
May. 20th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thanks for not only finishing, but taking the time to do it right. I have to imagine that you are your toughest critic. Thank you also for all of this wonderful documentation. I'm sorry if you've been asked this too many times, but someday I (and many others, I'm sure) would love to read, in your own words, the full epic story of creating this series. Not just the progress in writing the books, but your own thoughts on the story itself, and in particular the "behind-the-scenes" decision making; we know you had to move a lot around, but what, exactly? Which parts gave you the most trouble to write?

Though with two books to go, I suppose all of that is putting the cart before the horse. Congratulations, thanks again, good luck with the next chimp, and hopefully I'll see you in Redwood City! I'll be the one with the giant book and an idiot grin.
May. 20th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Many years ago
Many years ago, I finished "A Feast for Crows," and it felt like I had an empty socket in my mouth. Sometimes it was a molar in the back, other times an incisor. Now that socket is being filled. It's a front tooth; it's big and white and made of the finest porcelain. Look at my tooth! Look at my tooth! My smile is complete.
May. 20th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations from Russia ;)
May. 20th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
thanks so much for this post! it's really interesting to learn about your process. :)
May. 20th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for the detailed post. :) And uh, for writing these books which are my primary obsession in life, haha.
John Achemire
May. 20th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
I wonder if Ran has put up a "No discussions about when Winds of Winter will be out" thread yet :)

Thanks for all the hard work George.
May. 20th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
This is exciting! And all I'm going to do is cross my fingers about who one of the POV characters is - the one who is "worse for wear."

And as an aspiring author, also love reading more about your writing and revising process. Good to know even the best have to trim and tighten to cut down word-count. ;)
May. 20th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I think possibly I am crossing my fingers for the same character ...
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May. 20th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
My husband and I can't wait to read the final product!
May. 20th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
...now I'm picturing GRRM with that monkey in one of his old horror stories in Dreamsongs. O__o

But congrats, Mr. Martin! I'm horribly excited in all of this, and looking forward to the new POVs.

(I can't wait to find out if Barristan is indeed a keY player in that Mereneese knot...)
May. 20th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Congrats, George.
May. 20th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations. Great and very informative post. Keep an eye on that cute little monkey, because they grow up quickly.
May. 20th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Very excited to know that we'll have it soon enough, and I'm sure it'll be fantastic.
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