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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 06:17 pm (UTC)
Mixed emotions...
I am very happy for you George! It's a great story to hear about someone that has followed his dreams and gone through the tough times to get to the great reward at the end (in a way of speaking - certainly not the end for you).

My mixed emotions come from this: A long while back reading GRRM books was a fringe thing where other kids would make fun of you for being a gothic/fantasy nerd. Now these same kids, years later and post high school, are writing on facebook and twitter about how great GOT is and are now recommending it to read. This almost makes me angry in a strange way... like now its cool where before it was "nerdy". To hear them talk about the different characters and Westeros - its almost like to me they don't deserve to enjoy it when before they wouldn't even consider it. A small part of me wants to NOT read GOT so that I'm not doing the trendy thing with them...

I Don't know if that makes sense or not. Am I alone in feeling this way?
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I may have been at that Dallas book-signing, waaaaay back when. Or perhaps it was in Denton. My Dad bought me a copy of Game of Thrones and you signed it to both of us. It then sat on my shelf for the next 15 years because I "didn't read much fantasy," (though I was a big fan of your other books, primarily "Fevre Dream"). Then the HBO series came out and I was hooked 3 episodes in.

I devoured that signed copy, and the next 3, in less than a month, and now I'm eagerly awaiting the new one. My Dad was right in getting it for me after all -- just took me a while to figure that out! He's since passed away, otherwise I'd thank him for his foresight. I think he'd have dug both the books AND the show. Wish he was here to share them with me. But that signed copy will forever be a sweet reminder. So thank you for that.

Jul. 4th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Actually, now that you mention it, that signing may very well have been in Denton.

Did you get Clifford's pawprit as well?
(no subject) - astraether - Jul. 4th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Marko A Anttila
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
In one finnish webstore your books are 9/10 best selling items in fiction at the moment.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Well, my two year old is a mighty big fan of Clifford.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I just can´t get over the fact that the picture used by HBO to advertise the whole aGoT show is Ned Stark sitting in the iron throne... How Cruel Was That GRRM!?

Should i expect more of that in the future? i just want to be prepared and have two copies of the book in case it "happens to" fall out the window after one of those "events".
Rustic Penn
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Can´t
I think u shud ;)
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
New reader here, I finished the first four books in 17 days! It was kind of like eating an entire pizza in one go-- the rest of your life pretty much falls away and everything is pizza and you feel kind of dazed afterward but also like you accomplished something.

What I mean is, thank you.

ALSO, I'm a first time commenter so I'm not sure how you folks are for spoilers, but there's a HUGE spoiler for ASoS in NYT's description of AFfC. OOPS!
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
I noticed that, too, and I'm kinda shocked the NYT did that.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Lot of russians watched Your show whiht great respect
And not only funs of sci-fi and fantasy
It's a great job You have done with crew.
Thank You.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You deserve this success. Cant wait till Dance is up there with the rest of your books in the top ten!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. We complain a lot, but you know we love your work.

(Yes, I temporarily speak for your entire readership.)
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
I love your books. Successes in creativity.
Best regards from Ukraine!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well deserved and thank you George for telling such an amazing tale. I can remember reading AGOT in 1997 and being continuously interrupted by my 4 year old son. He'll be starting college this fall. Your books have been a huge part of my adult life. Thanks again.
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
And next week, you'll have half of the top ten! Bravo, George! ^_^
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those who found you randomly on my own but I've told everyone I know about your awesome books! Congrats on the rest of the world chatting up with the rest of us who've known for years that Song of Ice and Fire is the best!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from Ukraine!
We love your books here too!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
My hero!
You've ALWAYS been number one in my book! Sure, It's been a long time coming, but you richly deserve every good thing that has come to you as a result of Ice and Fire. Congratulations!
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