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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 08:10 pm (UTC)
I bought my first copy of Game of Thrones because I liked the picture on the cover. After I read it, I inscribed it with this: "This is the book I have waited my entire adult life for. Read it and send it to someone else." I have no idea how many people that book passed to. Almost wish I had it back. Had the nice big picture on the cover afterall.
Carl Anderson
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Who knows maybe its time it to re-release The Armageddon Rag and watch it move up the best seller list. My all time favorite novel of yours will always be the Dying of the Light. I will never forget starting to read it on a Saturday morning and finishing Sunday night (I only stopped to sleep). Thanks for all the wonderful words over all the years!
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
"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."

The loyalty and enthusiasm just comes because you did such a great work! So you actualy should have thanked yourself!
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
My friend first recommended A Game of Thrones to me back in 1996. I remember because I was a freshman in high school and I would try to read it during my history class because the teacher was boring. Haha! Anyway, I fell in love with it right away and went out and bought my own copy of the book. I'm so glad the rest of the world (or at least the US!) has caught up with those of us who recognized the brilliance of this series from day one! :-)
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Finally this little ads on HBO seems to work well... XD

I was also one of those who had your ASOIAF series recommanded by a friend ;)
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Like so many before me, I only bought the first book because a friend told me to do so. And I have to admit, after I finished the first half, another friend asked me what the book is about and if it is any good, and I didn't know what to say. Was it about fighting mystical creatures (white walkers) or about power struggle between two powerful families? Only after I finished the first book, I was convinced that this would be my new most favourite Fantasy Book. Today I have all books in the german and the english edition and now that I got my Kindle I will get them all as Ebooks as well!
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Well deserved
Well I am glad for your success and the well deserved and long overdue recognition! Yes, I am also thankful to HBO and D&D and the team behind "Game Of Thrones"!

However, personally, I think these lists to be meaningless and highly subjective! You were number one in my mind and my heart regardless of any lists or critics, and I gather that that is true for your countless other fans!

Still, congratulations, and I wish you nothing but the best ahead!
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
congrats George, you deserve it!
Steve Bennett
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Love seeing how the books have finally found a mainstream audience - it is great being able to discuss these books with collegues who have finally heeded my advice and picked them up. Can't wait to see how the next 3 books play out.
Robert Trifts
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Simultaneous #1 Hardcover Fiction and #1 Paperback Fiction
George, I don't mean to jinx you -- but there isn't really a snowball's chance that ADwD doesn't open at #1 and you know it.

I checked Google. While there are a few authors who have managed #1 in multiple categories at once, I was not able to locate a double-tap on the Biggies: simultaneous #1 in Hardcover Fiction and #1 in Paperback Fiction as well.

I know that mass-market paperback is a relatively new category, but before they split trade and mass-market paperbacks, how many authors have managed simultaneous #1 in both? Your publisher probably knows that answer and my guess is that it's a pretty damn short list.

I'd be interested in learning how many authors have managed that feat in the past.

And if it's a list of zero? Mazel Tov!
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Simultaneous #1 Hardcover Fiction and #1 Paperback Fiction
Never take anything for granted.

It is not at all certain that DANCE will open at #1. Last time I looked, Janet Evanovich had a pretty firm grip on that slot.

And you're assuming that GAME will hold onto the #1 mass market slot, which is a big leap as well.

Sure, it would be swell... (whether it would be a first or not, I could not say)... but the odds are against it happening.
Jorge Salvador Caffarena
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
You deserve it greatly!
Congratulations! I discovered A Song of Ice and Fire when a close friend of mine gave me as a birthday present a copy of Game of Thrones signed by you when you were here in Málaga, Spain. I devoured that book and I'm a fan since them, keep it coming!
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)

And speaking of word of mouth, I've definitely done my share! Through my constant harassment (on facebook, in person, etc.), pretty much everyone I know is either currently reading the books, or at least watching the series!

As a longtime fan, it's a surreal and awesome feeling to see such a tremendous upsurge of awareness about these books.
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations George, you absolutely deserve all this success. Can't wait to see you in at Joseph Beth in Lexington this time around.
Dejan Nikolić
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Congrats, I'm so happy for you. Finally, everything is as it's supposed to be :)
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
OK, so an actual, real comment, instead of me and babyraven getting all navel-gazey about being loooong-time fans. Congratulations, George! Have a lovely holiday with good company and good food. (roast gorilla, perhaps?)
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