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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. 5th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
It was word of mouth...
It was the recommendation of a friend that got me started. We played D&D together and both read scifi and fantasy. He told me about this great new book that he had just read and highly recommended I pick it up... as long as I didn't mind starting a series with only the first book out (yeah, my Game has the shiny silver cover). I have eagarly awaiting each new book, tho this month is the first time I have ever scheduled a vacation just to read a book.
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
oh that's awesome! congrats!
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
If I hadn't finished A Crown of Swords...
RJ's ACOS had just published earlier that year in 1996. Once I finished that, I was starving for more long-ass fantasy series, the ones where the books had at least 500 pages. I was attracted by the very shiny, silver color of this new book called "A Game of Thrones". I have re-read that book yearly (actually the paperback version) since then. Thank you so much for the joy you bring me every year.

I was also a fan of "Beauty and the Beast". Sadly, I never paid attention to who wrote TV series back then. I remember being able to sum up that series as "lyrical".

Thank you thank you thank you! And a well-deserved congratulations.
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Congrats! I expect to see "Dance" on that list this month!
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Aw, congrats! You deserve it. I just introduced two more friends of mine to the TV series last night, and they loved it. I'll keep roping them in for you!
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I'd pick you over Clifford any day. :)

I wish I'd heard about the series when it first came out. At least I got in under the wire before I knew about the HBO show... not that there'd be anything wrong with that... And introducing me to Game of Thrones is one good thing that a potentialmaybebutsortanot boyfriend has left with me. :)
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: I'm Number One...
Congratulations! That's a great accomplishment.

I personally purchased Game of Thrones in paperback 4 times in the past couple months to share with friends and encouraged a few more who bought on their Kindles. I love the series so I'm glad to share. Keep up the great work GRRM, I can't wait for Dance!
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
Good things come to those who wait, eh? :)
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
Congrats sir!
My friend and I are going through GoT withdrawals on HBO. We just spoke about it during a July 4th BBQ at another friends house. I've been pushing (like a drug dealer) the book series and HBO show on everyone I know with half a brain. I do admit that I don't bother with folks who can see Russia from their house.
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
We, readers, live to serve ;) I actually managed to encourage a couple of my friends, even my brother's wife, to read your books. And now they are, as they say, indebted to me for the chance to encounter such great novels :)
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
My pleasure.
I recall a somber morning in lonely London, sharing a book between myself, my insomnia, and an open patio. My travel companions slept the sleep of the dead. As dawn approached, and as I tore through the pages you'd given me, all at once I became a missionary, a Jesuit bound to spread your Word. I have done so. Believe me when I say that my work has had its effect. Beyond me, there are many and more; they have also done their duty.

Jul. 5th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
Congrats George! Its long overdue...
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
UK tour
How about a UK tour? I stupidly didn't go to the Feast one though I easily could have since one location was only an hour's drive or so away from me, been regretting it ever since.
Alex Julian
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Great Work
I could not be happier for you, sir. Congrats.
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks to Diana Gabaldon
I had read her outlander series and went on her site to see when a new book was coming out and she recommended ASOIF and sang praises to your work. I had always been a sci/fi - fantasy fan so I ordered GoT for my Kindle last in April of 2010. I didn't start the book until this past Xmas and then within a few chapters ordered the following three on my Kindle. Of course I created buzz about the series in my family (we're all fantasy fans), with now every member having read the books, then low and behold HBO is doing the series. I know I haven't sweated out the many years, but I am eagerly awaiting Dance along with my sisters, my sons, my neighbors and I even sent a client the entire set of books when she told me she was "in love" with Khal Drogo on HBO. The truth is, whether you are early or late to the Game; you start as a piece then quickly become a player.

It's no surprise that your success has become exponential when all you have to do is bring the horse to the water and to its sweetness. My 18 year old son has crowned you "the genius" and brought his books to high school every day of his last few months of his senior year and read them whenever he could. His teachers at graduation told me that they are hooked with the series. LOL, I went to get a hair cut last week and all the hairdressers and their spouses are also into the GoT.

My son and I will see you in Boston, and can't wait to slay Kong on the 12th!
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