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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.


Mel Duranceau
Jul. 18th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Dance...was kind of slow and repetitive. A bit of a letdown, considering all the years it took to come forth. Mostly because of Danaerys and Jon's chapters (somewhat surprising, since Jon, like most folk, is a favourite.) Just feels like very little progress is being made.

Did absolutely love the Bran, Reek, Davos and Asha chapters, and I wasn't a huge Ironborn fan until this book. Melisandre's was an enjoyable read as well! Also nice to see a couple prophecies being fulfilled in this book (fertility, AA).

Arya's chapters didn't seem like they fit in with the rest of the book. They could have easily waited for tWoW. Arya's a fan favourite (like most of the Starks), so I understand the desire to put her in, but her chapters just felt like unnecessary padding.

Like someone mentioned before, be sure to read the criticisms, not just the praise! Criticism keeps you on your toes and striving for perfection, too much praise will make you lax!
Jeff Bunting
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I suspect that not all the Arya chapters could fit in a Feast But you have a point they could have waited but I would have been upset.
Jul. 19th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Personally I found Arya's chapters to be some of the best and can not imagine how you could target them for editing. In my mind the Daenarys chapters would be the first target for editing. Not that I think anything needed editing, I just want more!
Mel Duranceau
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Arya
They were great - BUT they didn't fit in with the rest of the book. They felt really out of place. And I did mention that the Jon and Daenerys chapters are what really slowed down the book.

Arya's my favourite characters in these books, don't get me wrong...but I would have rather her chapters be put in tWoW...Just worried that it'll be another very few chapters per book instead of a good solid number in A book.


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