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The NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list for August 19 has been released. Here 'tis:


A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is on the list, hanging in there at #10 in hardcover bestsellers. Which is not news by itself. DANCE has been on the list for a long time, moving down, moving up, but never quite falling off. For 52 weeks.

That's the news. DANCE has been on the NYT list for one full year.

I never could have imagined this, not in my wildest dreams.

Copy of DWD5

This is a terrific moment for me, of course, but it is nothing I could ever have achieved without the help of others... so very many others...

I owe them thanks.

Thank you to me editors and publishers, past and present, to Anne Groell, Scott Shannon, Nita Taublib, Jennifer Hershey, Irwyn Applebaum, to my valiant and tireless publicists David Moench and Chris Artis, and to all the other great folks at Bantam Spectra and Random House.

Thank you to all the critics and reviewers, who gave the book such outstanding notices, not to mention all sorts of cool awards. I have never had a book better reviewed.

Thanks for all the journalists and feature writers and bloggers who conducted interviews, ran contests, and helped spread the word.

Thanks to Parris, who was with me through every page, and to Ty, my acerbic assistant, who helped crack the whip and spurred me on and kept the trolls at bay. One of these days he may even teach me to say, "no."

Thanks to the Brotherhood Without Banners. Fans and friends, AND they throw the best party at worldcon.

Thanks for all the booksellers and librarians everywhere. You're all heroes.

Thanks to Mike Lombardo and Sue Naegle and Richard Plepler and Mara Mikilian and all the rest of the great folks at HBO, and thanks especially to Brian Cogman, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss, to Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Jack Gleeson, Nicholaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Michelle Fairley, and the rest of the greatest cast on television, and to our amazing cast and phenomenal directors. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS would likely have made the NYTimes list without the GAME OF THRONES series, but beyond doubt, it is the show that has kept the books riding high for so long. You've all done amazing work.

But most of all, thanks to you, my readers. You were the ones who bought the book a year ago when it first hit the shelves, and you are the ones who are still buying it today, and pressing copies on your lovers and kin, and telling your friends to buy their own copies. Luck can get a book on the list, even keep it there for a week or two... but only a long, sustained passion and great word of mouth can keep a title on the TIMES list for one solid year. So take a bow, readers. I owe it all to you.

All I can say is... keep reading. The best is yet to come.


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Aug. 12th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations! That is massive news and so well deserved. I need someone to keep the trolls at bay too and to say no for me!

You're awesome and you deserve the recognition! Thank YOU for inspiring countless young people to read books! I was going to do a class on this series at my school, alas, circumstances changed but so many of my students have loved your books! (me too obviously) xx
Isabel Maria Ma Ruiz
Aug. 12th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for creating a big and wonderfull saga. Each chapter makes you want to read more and more. ¡Congratulations for the 10th position!.
Aug. 12th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
I've been "reading" ADWD as we speak, only... actually listening to it via audiobook. Read by Roy Dottrice. It's an awesome, different way to read a book.
Aug. 12th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)
Congratulations! May it stay there for another year! :)
Aug. 12th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
"The best is yet to come."
Oh you had to say that didn't you!?! Now that mass market paperback is delayed to March (and with it our preview chapter from TWoW!!) is there any chance to get a wee bit info on TWoW progress? :) Hugs.
Aug. 12th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
Let the wine and ale flow freely tonight! Such a remarkable feat could not go to a more deserving person. I suspect the paperback will have a similar dominant reign on its own respective chart next year.
Aug. 12th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Thank YOU, sir, for writing it! :D
Martina Frammartino
Aug. 12th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Your books are terrific. I love them, I read them, I re-read them and I want more and more and more. And, because I'm a librarian and a blogger and a journalist I try to share the knowledge and the love for these books to everyone. I'm italian, and my english isn't very good. I apologize for my errors, but I want to say you deserve your success. Your books are among the best I'm ever read, and I'm hungry to read whatever is yet to come.
Jason Bryden
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
From an aspiring writer to a legend...
I say congrats! You deserve it. A lot of authors were inspired by Tolkien. I foresee a lot of newer authors being inspired by a Song of Ice and Fire!
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations George! You really do deserve it! But it is us the readers that should be thanking you! So thank you Ser for the amazing A Song of Ice and Fire!
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
I was one of the ppl who pre ordered ADWD on Amazon.
Than I bought it again when the translation to my language came out.
Though it's excellent book it's kind of transitional character only left me yearning for more. So:
Thank you for the wonderful series and in behalf of all us needy bastards please do learn to say no, we crave for AWOW.

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I can't wait for the next book.
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
First of all, Thank YOU! You put up with all sorts of abuse from fans, and still worked on Dance until you got it right. Cudos and thank you.

Secondly, in case some of those same folk start in on you again, a tee shirt for you:

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)

Kimberly Graham Verstegui
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Mr. Martin! You really deserve this! Your books are awesome! I really wish that I could have read the 1st book before watching the HBO series, but it's allright, all the other books I already read them in like 2 months, except for the 5th, I'm just waiting for the book to get in my country in spanish to read it! Hope it doesn't take too long to come.
Again, congratulations, and take care.

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