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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 10:12 am (UTC)
Made an account to say!
George your books are amazing! Any fans that have given you a hard time surely should take a step back and remember the amazing world you have created. Take as long as you need with the rest of the series whether it be 10-20 years I'll still read and still love.
May. 20th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
So, 35 to Tyrion, Dany and Jon. Let's say 10 to 8 for our old friend. more of the other character will get either 1 or 2 chapters, maybe more. That leaves Bran with what? his old count from the first two books, 7 chapters or probably even less? I gotta say, I was hoping for more. Though for all I know the new guy is Coldhands so..
May. 20th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Congratulations! You are awesome and I will keep saying that no matter how much time it would take you to give us the next book. Right now I see new people pick up the books after they watched the tv show, and I am a little bit envious that they have so much stuff coming their way. BUT there will be holiday on my street too :)
May. 20th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for the insight. I always find reading about the process of writing to be fascinating.
May. 20th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
But, but, BRIENNE. Seriously, that cliffhanger is KILLING me. ;_;
May. 20th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
The next largest chunk o' chapters belongs to an old POV character who has been missing for a couple of books, but now returns to us... rather the worse for wear.

/Nelson Munz/ HAW-HAW!
May. 20th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm exhausted just reading that. Well done, and onward to the next great adventure!
May. 20th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Please.. please please please...
Take a vacation. You. Have. Earned. It. Baby Monkey can wait.

And while he waits, he can ride on a pig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_sfnQDr1-o -- Be warned, cuteness overload and a song that will get stuck in your head. After you've rested, Baby Monkey can come back!
May. 20th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Great post
Thanks for the update, I've already pre-ordered the kindle version and may end up seeing in you in Seattle. Keep up the great work!
May. 20th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Well done sir. Best wishes.
May. 20th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Fascinating, fascinating stuff. As a struggling writer myself I always like to see how my favorite writers handle their craft. Thanks for the inside word; it's really cool to read.

Franny Bee
May. 20th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Happiness is...
...Mr. Martin! Congrats and thank you for your labor of love. So freakin' excited to dive into aDwD I could burst XD
May. 20th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Ow wow, congrats! Job well done.
I can't wait until I get to read it.
What an exhausting process. I hope you get to take a breather.
May. 20th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Dunk and Egg

Just finished re-reading the three Dunk and Egg novellas. Love 'em.

Do you have any plans for a 4th in between Kong and Winds? Been hoping Dunk and Tanselle Too Tall catch up at some point even though he missed her in Dorne.

May. 20th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Man, that was a really interesting read. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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