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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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Jul. 18th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Ave Martin
Just finished A Dance last night. I'm big fan of aSoIaF and this is first time I'm writing to you on blog. This success of DANCE is well deserved, thanks to best written fantasy books till this day (first 3). Now ill try to tell you something you don't hear often from your fans and I hope you will accept this as friendly advice.
I'm most serious and honest about this, you should fire your editor ASAP. You are fantastic writer but you have lost focus of main story in several occasions. There is simply too much describing of details (food, old ruins, sailing, past events) that doesn't have real affect on plot. It give impression of painfully slow story. The same amount of synopsis could be told in 600 pages.
I'm feared we have lost to much time in this one and you will not have time to develop some characters enough in next 2 books (Arya, Dragons, Bran, Sam). Is your plan to make some time gap in plot, as u have planned before, is it to kill some of characters that demand to much time or simply make more than 7 books, I don't know. But I'm certain that it will take a lot of hard work to finish new spinners, much more action and less describing to compensate time lost in A Dance with Dragons.
Wish you luck, take well deserved rest, and fire him :)
P.S. Do not believe the critics, they are worst than any sellswords. If u want honest critic, go to amazon and read what simple mortals (loyal fans) have to say.
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Ave Martin
I know lots of writers, and not one of them takes Amazon reviews seriously. Or any anonymous reviews, actually. Internet anonymity encourages trolling, sock puppetry, and other forms of abuse, and the Amazon reviews demonstrate that beyond a doubt.

As for "too much description," well, opinions differ. We write the books we want to read. And I want to read books that are richly textured and full of sensory detail, books that make me feel as if I am experiencing a story, not just reading it. Plot is only one aspect of telling a tale, and not the most important one. It is the journey that matters, not how fast you arrrive at the destination.

That's my view, anyway. Others writers differ, of course. There are hundreds of books where everything is subordinate to advancing the plot, some of them quite fine, but my work has never been about that, and never will be.
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Jul. 18th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the excellent book sales. It certainly is well deserved.
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)

You deserve every honor, every positive review, and every bit of acclaim for Dance. Thank you for taking us to Westeros once more. I missed the place, even if the weather has turned a bit chilly. Enjoy your downtime at home, and enjoy SDCC.
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
no thank YOU
a user above said it first, but we are the ones who should be thanking YOU, George. You put so many years into this book, you deserve to have it pay off like it has. Enjoy the rave reviews and the amazing sales, I have a feeling it will only get better for tWoW. Have a great time in Santa Fe and good luck at ComicCon.
Jul. 18th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Definitely worth the wait! Maybe you could sneak in a visit to TX on your next tour. =D
Jul. 19th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
I second the vote for Texas...Dallas or even Houston has enough hotels etc. to host a huge con.
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Jul. 18th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Only two more days...
...until I hold the Dance in my hands. Can't wait. :P

Are we going to learn a bit more about the old Valyrians?

And are HBO going to have some Valyrian language made up for the coming seasons of HBO's show? I'm more interested in that than in Dothraki! Though I admit they did a great job on that one.
Jul. 18th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Although the new book is good, don't let all the praise blind you to the critiques. The top-rated Amazon reviews, for instance, give some valid criticisms.
John Anderson
Jul. 18th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
making my way through Dance, real life has been keeping me back, but well worth the wait. Thanks for the care you put into your work. You deserve all the success you're getting.
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
DOS? Why not UNIVAC?
Hello Mr. Martin,

If you're using DOS now, does that mean when I'm your age I'll be extolling the virtues of Windows 7, holding on to obsolete tech like some kind of crazy quasi-Luddite? ;)

Looking forward to seeing you in LA. Will you be speaking/reading, or will it just be one massive queue and three seconds of face-time?

Congrats on you success!

Wendy Forbes
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Almost finished with A Dance With Dragons. Well worth the wait! Although I hope we don't have to wait as long for the next one ;) Nice to have you back in NM for a little while anyway.
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you made it home without travel woes. It was very nice to have been able to meet you again at Carmel/Indiannapolis. I was quite impressed that your signing hand was still functional after going through over 3000 signatures in 3 hours.

As far as fans go, well, we got one great author to follow, as evidenced by the dedication page of this book. Your fans are true to you not just because you write good books, but also because you treat fans with respect and you're part of fandom yourself.

Enjoy the short rest and have fun at Comicon!
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Good news and bad news...
Dance was great but I am done reading already and looking forward to the next release! I know you always say you wish you could write as fast as we can read, boy do I wish that was the case. In the 8 weeks leading up to Dance I re-read all the books just to prepare. Now I am encountering a serious withdrawl. But I am comforted by the fact that as soon as the book tour and appearances are complete you will be diligently moving forward. I know you won't give a prediction on when the next book will be out but I dare to dream it will be in 4 years or less. But if it is 5 or 6 or even 10 so be it... We know you are relentless in your discipline to your craft and commitment to your fans. Good work ser!
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm about 60% through Dance...I'm enthralled...you ser are using a magic typewriter or you are a genius and you make it indistinguishable as to which one is true.
Jul. 18th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations
I'm very happy for you at the extraordinary success of all the "Ice and Fire" books, and the fantastic reception that ADWD got. I can't say I'm surprised - I've been a fan since reading the "Sandkings" short story collection - but it's nice to see true talent AND tons of hard work recognized and rewarded.

As for ADWD, finished it yesterday and some day, if you have time, I'd love to know more about the Meereenese knot. I think I can guess what you mean after reading ADWD but I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.

By the way, I keep smirking every time I think of the name "Yollo"...that was inspired!

Fabulous book. You, dear sir, are da man.
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