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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.


Jul. 4th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Nice to know that-
I helped!! Thanks to a friend that told me to watch the HBO series and told me to hang in there after the 1st two I went out and bought the first book. I think that was about 5 weeks ago. I am enraptured and now half way through book 4! So yes- word of mouth definitely sold me! Late to the party- but oh so glad I did not have to endure the agony of waiting for a new release. :)

Magnificent world building, captivating characters and page turning action.

I haven't read a GRRM since Fevre Dream (when it first came out) and I loved that book so I can't believe I didn't keep up with what was new by GRRM.


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