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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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Fred Judge
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Word of mouth and what goes without saying
Indeed, word of mouth can make or break a book.

I'm going to say what goes without saying:

The reasons this book is number 1 is because it is one helluva damn good book. The proof of this can be found in the fact that not only is Game of Thrones flying high in the charts, but the follow-ups are selling strong too. Word of mouth, advertising, HBO and the like can get people interested, but only good writing can make people come back for more.

Speaking of which, I can't wait for Dance. Here's hoping that all those new readers will be up to date by its release date!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats! So deserved!!!
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I remember being desperate at not being able to find the perfect book to read. In those days not much fantasy was translated in Italian, since the genre wasn't that much popular. But I just finished my thesis on Tolkien's Silmarillion and was aching to find more good books... possibly "very good" books. It's been seven years since I went through the amazon site hunting for a story which could bring me back to that something that IS REAL, even though it isn't. Well, I can only say that after reading many a book I managed to find The One, My preciousss "Game of Thrones".
I find myself laughing now whenever I remember thinking I was the only Italiian who knew the series... When I wend to Lucca comics and Games the year after I suddenly and happily knew I wasn't alone. And I'm glad the Throne's People are becoming an ocean. You deserve it, sir. And, truth be told, if you didn't write it, there could be no number one ;)
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
A very heartfelt congratulations to you!!! So much! This mass recognition may be late in arriving, but is so well-deserved. It was also word of mouth that got me to start reading ASOIAF back in 2005, and I've been trying to get my friends to read it ever since. I always knew it would make an epic series (or movie, although a tv series allows for so much more creative control and sensitivity to the original material). I couldn't be more excited or happy for you!!
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Happy 4th, George.
But we are waiting for the 12th :)
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats, George!

Man, they need to put a big old "SPOILER ALERT" sign on their blurb for AFFC. Is it really necessary to include that bit of information?
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Serious spoiler. That's almost like putting the Big Event from GoT in the description for CoK. Lots of other important stuff happens, but that's still such a meaningful moment.
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Better late than never
Congratulations George. I've picked up the entire series in the last couple weeks. I'm 2/3 through Clash of Kings. A great series of books that has me reading novels again for the first time in 20 years. No easy feat. Great job!
Orko Makabra
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Congratullations! The best for the best!
Dave E
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
!!SPOILER WARNING on NY Times Website!!!!
George, and everyone else, if you have not read all the GoT books, do NOT visit the NY Times Bestseller list!

There is at least one MAJOR spoiler listed right there under the quick summaries of the books. Please post a warning or ask they change it :)

Thanks, that is all,

Big fan
Michael Henry Perez
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know, George. My daughter can be awfully persuasive, and Clifford is on her top ten list. :-)
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and happy 4th of July!
Josemi de Alonso
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
in fact, i hope a big 5, even if I must wait until 7-12!
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, as I recall you had quite a line at Westercon in El Paso that year. And you suspiciously asked me where I'd gotten my copy (a friend had brought it back from ABA) since it hadn't been officially released.

I'll try to see you at Comic Con, but I'll mostly be happy for you as I see the huge crowds, and I'll tell everyone that I knew you back when you worked on Beauty and the Beast. :-) I can think of few people who deserve what you've gotten more. *hugs*
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
George, I've got to be honest, I really loved it a "favorite book" conversation came up, and I mentioned the ASoIaF books, and people looked at me like I had 2 heads. Being part of an unknown cult that knew about the some best books on Earth had a wonderful novelty to it.

But it also makes me incredibly proud to have known an authors work from a time where he was far from well known, and years later has made it to the top. Congratulations to you and yours, and here's looking forward many more years of reading and rereading.
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
George, I remember sitting next to you at some signing at a Worldcon some years ago now - you had a huge queue and I had about 5 people, and you very kindly recollected an anecdote about signing next to Douglas Adams. I've always remembered that and it gave me great hope! You deserve all the success you've had and the encouragement you have given to other writers over the years is greatly appreciated. Thank you, and I am delighted to see the success that Game of Thrones is now enjoying.
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