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Back in Santa Fe

Home again in New Mexico... for a few days, at least. Just enough time to catch my breath before flying off to the San Diego Comicon.

While I was gone, Ty moved all my internet functions to a nifty new computer (just the Windows side of things, however, my writing computer remains the same dependable DOS machine as always). The internet stuff seems to be working well, as witness my appearance here... but I do not seem to have any email yet. So if you've been emailing me and wondering at my silence, that's why. I have not had any access to email since leaving on my book tour.

My book tour, by the way, was astonishing. More than a thousand people at every appearance. Close to two thousand in New York. And such great people too... unfailingly cheerful and friendly and enthusiastic, despite having had to wait in line, in some cases for many hours. I have the best fans in the world. I appreciate all your support.

The success of DANCE has exceeded my wildest expectations. We had the strongest first day sales of any work of fiction released this year, certainly the strongest sales of my career. Not to mention the best reviews of my career, and some amazing word of mouth. That all means a great deal to me. It is no secret how long and hard I struggled with this one. Knowing that tens of thousands... indeed, hundreds of thousands... of my readers feel it was well worth the wait heartens me more than I can possibly say.

I will be posting my full schedule for San Diego tomorrow or the day after. And after comicon, it will be on to LA, the Bay area, Seattle, Denver, and Lexington. I hope to meet many more of you there.

Thanks, all. You guys (and gals) rock.

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jimvanpelt
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Congratulations, George. It's well deserved.
whatamiatailor
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it went so well. I'm halfway through Dance, and loving it. Well worth the wait ser.
avernus_wpg
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
George, thank you so very much for this wonderful book. I've been trying to stretch it out, but it is so very hard to put it down and go to bed each night.

Have a feeling that I'll immediately be rereading it once I finish. For me, that will be a first.
level1paladin
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
It's crazy to me how Lexington is just added at the end of the tour and it's so far away from the other cities before it. While I'm ecstatic cause I get to have you deface the cover of my book, I'm not 100% why you added that date at the end.
plonit_almony
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
lots of love
Dear George,
Every time I read your recent posts about your many successes my eyes fill with tears because nobody deserves it more than you. Thank you for the books and lately for the series - you are the best, your are wonderful and we love you!
I live far away so can't ever come to a signing, but am there in spirit!
Wade Stemple
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
No, thank YOU for what is the greatest block of dead tree I've ever touched. Ever.
laurens_a_dork
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Just started A Feast For Crows today. Very excited about having the opportunity to see you speak at SDCC, and will hopefully be able to get DANCE signed. Epicness!
ghoulgurl
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
The only reason I've been able to get all my artwork done for the Comicon artshow is because I've had A Dance With Dragons to listen too. True story. I'm loving it.

Congratulations. You deserve all of this and more. :)
boffmanmike
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Nice to hear you are enjoying a break. I can't wait to see you in Redwood city!
edmigper
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the success so far! You definitely deserve it.
Ylenia Gunnhildur Sigurardttir Manganelli
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Please, come back to Lucca Comics this fall! Your italian fans are preparing big surprises for you, then we have good food, wine, food again, wine again.. ehm lots of wine!
rem88
Jul. 18th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
The wine itself is worth the trip!
(Per la cronaca, comprare la sua venuta con cibo e vino è proprio italian style XD)
tanatie
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
Slovenia fans FTW! :P
LionOfLannister
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your hard work George! You've given us one of the greatest stories ever told. I'll see you in Seattle!
docmagus
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Great work
Just finished reading (read tearing through in 5 days) the book. Absolutely loved it. The best praise has been from my mother, who is new to your books after I gave her a set for mothers day. She said your writing leads you to smell the halls and the fields. Feel the physical events in the characters lives. She is sixty and has been a voracious reader since she was three. Her words, one of the best works she has read. Will see you at the con. Your faithful word-of-mouther since 1998.
Indro
daystarclarion
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
we are all super proud of you and all of the success :)
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