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I'm Number One...

... and also number four, number six, and number eight.


When GAME OF THRONES was first published in 1996, it failed to make any bestseller lists (well, maybe it made the LOCUS list, don't recall), and certainly never got within shouting distance of the Top Ten in the TIMES. While I still recall the highlights (Joe Beth in Lexington, Kentucky and Kepler's in Menlo Park, California) of that first signing tour, I recall the lowlights even better -- the St. Louis signing where the only four people in the cafe/ bookstore actually LEFT when I got up to speak, and the Dallas signing where I drew a dozen people while Clifford the Big Red Dog drew hundreds. And here we are, fifteen years later, with GAME at number one on the list. Where's that dog now, I want a rematch!

Thanks to David and Dan and HBO, they had a lot to do with this.

And thanks to you, my readers, as well. No promotion, no advertising, no marketing campaign can ever hope to match word of mouth. Without the loyalty and enthusiasm of my fans, none of this would ever have happened.

I hope you all have a great Fourth. It's certainly going to be a good one for me.


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Jul. 4th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
No promotion, no advertising, no marketing campaign can ever hope to match word of mouth.
oh I agree so much. Thanks to my awesome friends I was able to read your books.

Jul. 4th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with this. It was a friend who first loaned me a copy of A Game of Thrones and goaded me into reading it.

A week later I bought my own copy, as well as the rest of the set, eager to find out what would happen next.

Thanks a million, Mr. Martin, for hours of entertainment, and huge congrats on your success. It's very well-deserved.
(no subject) - chaeri - Jul. 5th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats G =D
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
You weren't talking about football were you? That would make me get up and leave too.
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank You!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Well deserved! I really can't thank HBO enough for turning me on to the amazing world you've created (and you, of course, for putting so many years of work into it!). Congratulations and huzzah, good ser!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. You're absolutely correct about the best sort of advertising. It was word of mouth that brought me to you; someone I trusted convinced me to set aside my aversion to fantasy and give you a chance. One of the best decisions I've ever made.

You deserve every bit of the broader success that is just now finding you. This winter you should find some remote beach somewhere and bask in the glow of it all.
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful holiday, George. Thanks to you, too - I just regret people telling me to read the series 10 years ago and I brushed it off then (was big on Wheel of Time, have since given up on it), until I picked it up about three years ago now. Am kind of glad I waited, though, as I had 4 books at the ready, and was older and mature enough to understand everything.

I'd attend signings if you did any in central Canada, Robert Jordan got a packed house (and out the door and further...) here about 13 years ago, you'd have had the same, I expect! (13 years? Wow... maybe it was 15. I dunno. I feel old.)
Goran Gluščić
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, you are the one that is laughing in the end!

Congratulations! I hope to see your next victory ASAP!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
You are being humble! Thank you for your amazing imagination and hard work.
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I remember finding AGoT at my local B&N back in '96, buying and reading it, then plopping it down in front of my husband with a wild-eyed "You must read this!" Good times.

So congratulations!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Love your icon. :D
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I left my hometown of Lexington, KY back in 1988 and I'm pretty sure Joseph Beth's opened after I left. But I still know it's a great bookstore because my folks would almost always made a stop there when I went home to visit. I'm not at all surprised that your visit there was memorable, they're one of the best bookstores I've ever visited.

Edited at 2011-07-04 05:33 pm (UTC)
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
I knew GAME OF THRONES would be big! I can't wait for July 12 for the new release and watch it become #1, congrats!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is certainly a great day for celebration!
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)

Well earned, sir :)

Jul. 4th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
You deserve nothing less! Have a great Independence Day, and thanks for everything!
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