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Still Dancing

September 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm
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My dragons continue to dance… around the top of the NY TIMES bestseller list.

The latest list (for 9/11) will have A DANCE WITH DRAGONS still at #2 for hardcover fiction, one slot below the latest big debut, Kathy Reichs’ FLASH AND BONES.

The week before (the 9/4) list also had DANCE at #2, this time behind the new Terry Goodkind fantasy, which debuted that week.

And the week before that (the list for 8/28) saw DANCE back at #1, after falling to #2 the previous week/

So… seven weeks and counting, all at #1 or #2. Not half bad.

Of course, Stieg Larson’s THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST has been on the list for 66 weeks as of the September 11 list, and THE HELP for 106 weeks, so we need to keep this all in perspective.

But I’m a happy writer. Seven gods, seven kingdoms, seven books, seven weeks near the top… I’ll take it, and hope for more.

Thanks again to all of you, my readers. You are the ones who made this all possible.

I’m Number Two…

August 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm
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… this week, anyway.

Talking NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list now. Other lists may differ.

Between my book tour and the madness that is San Diego Comicon, I was too busy to post the requisite squeal of glee, but hey, better late than never.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS debuted at #1 on the NYTimes list the week it came out. A “very strong” number one, my publishers tell me. (Though no number #1 can truly be said to be weak).

It held on to to the top slot the following week, despite a strong challenge from a thriller author who normally debuts at #1.

And yesterday, in its third week of release, DANCE slipped to the second spot, shoved aside by the new Harry Dresden novel from Jim Butcher.

I am also told that DANCE sold 298,000 copies on its first day of release, the biggest first day sale for any work of fiction released in 2011.

((And all this is just in the US. DANCE has been doing awfully well in the UK as well)).

So… all is good.

My thanks go out to all of you, my fans and readers, for your enthusiasm and support. It’s in no small part thanks to you spreading the word that DANCE has achieved these record sales. There’s no substitute for good word of mouth. ((Though having a hit series on HBO does not hurt either. Thanks, guys)).

Last Stop: Lexington

August 1, 2011 at 8:26 am
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Done with Denver. Another great event. Thanks to the folks at Tattered Cover, and all the fans who turned out.

Now it’s off to the airport again, for the last stop on my DWD dance — JoeBeth Books in Lexington, Kentucky.

See you there!

Leaving Seattle

July 30, 2011 at 9:12 am
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A thousand people turned up at Town Hall last night for my Seattle signing, sponsored by the University Bookstore.

Seattle also included visits to Bungie (I could tell you what they are doing, but then I’d have to kill you) and Amazon (where they are selling lots o’ books). Cool stuff, great people.

Comicon, LA, and Redwood City already seem to be receding into the distant past. The trip has become one long blur… but tiring as it is at times, it means a lot to me to meet so many of my readers. I appreciate all of you coming, in spite of the crowds and long lines.

This morning we’re off to Denver. Tomorrow I sign at Tattered Cover. See you there.

On the Road Again

July 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm
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I survived Comicon… though I’m still not quite sure how.

San Diego was amazing, but damn, they kept me busy. I will try and write more about it when I get home, but right now it’s all a blur.

BUt now, I’m in LA. Big booksigning tomorrow night at the B&N at the Grove. Can LA top the 1800 who turned out for the Union Square signing in NYC? Turn in a ouple days from now and find out.

And for those of you who can’t make the Grove event, we stopped thrice along the way and I signed stock at Warwick Books in La Jolla and at Book Soup and Skyline Books in LA. Autographed copies are on their shelves now, waiting for you to pick ’em up. First come, first served.

Coming to Comicon

July 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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I’m off to San Diego tomorrow morning, for comicon.

Tickets have been sold out for months, alas. But for you lucky 150,000 who will be lucky enough to get in, here’s my current schedule of signings, panels, and other public events.

THURSDAY, JULY 21

10:00 am – 12 noon Daniel Abraham and I will be signing copies of the FEVRE DREAM graphic novel at the Avatar booth (#2701),

12 noon – 1:00 pm EPIC FANTASY panel, rm 6A

1:30pm – 2:30 pm The panelists from Epic Fantasy will be signing in autograph area AA1

3:00pm – 4:00 pm The GAME OF THRONES panel, an hour long discussion of the HB0 series with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and actors Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime). I’ll be moderating.

4:30pm – 5:45pm The GAME OF THRONES cast and I will be signing posters at the Warner Brothers booth #4545.

FRIDAY JULY 22

10:00 am – 11:00 am I will be signing copies of the DOORWAYS graphic novel at the IDW
booth (#2643)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm John Picacio and I will be signing copies of the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar in the autograph area, AA 21 I will also be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and my other Ice & Fire books during this appearance.

SATURDAY JULY 23

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm I will be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, the other Ice & Fire books, and anything else you care to bring in the autograph area, AA 18.

5:00pm – 6:00 pm Tor Books will be giving away complimentary copies of INSIDE STRAIGHT at their booth, and I’ll be on hand to sign them, along with Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, and other members of the Wild Cards crew. We’ll also be glad to deface FORT FREAK and any other Wild Cards books you care to present to us.

SUNDAY JULY 24

10:30 am – 11:30 am WILD CARDS panel. Half a dozen of your favorite Wild Cards writers will assemble to talk about the past, present, and future of the long-running shared world series in the field.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm The Wild Card panelists will adjourn to AA1 to sign your books.

Later that afternoon, I will heading over to Mysterious Galaxy for my signing there, but that’s offsite, and not an official part of the SDCC schedule.

A couple of notes about the signings:
1) as on my tour, I will be autographing your books, but I won’t be able to inscribe or personalize them (unless by some chance you catch me at a slow time when there’s no line),
2) many of these signings are keyed to particular books and projects. At Avatar, I’ll be signing FEVRE DREAM, at IDW it will be DOORWAYS, for Tor WILD CARDS. The place to get your DANCE WITH DRAGONS signed is at the big general signings on Friday and Saturday. We’ve scheduled me for four hours of signing between those two days… so please, respect my other publishers and DO NOT ask me to sign your Ice & Fire books at the booth signings. Those are meant to promote my other projects.

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Of course, there are certain things I am always willing to sign.

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Have Gel Pen, Will Travel (Part Two)

July 19, 2011 at 10:59 am
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Had a great birthday party for Parris yesterday (thanks to Melinda for lending us her house). Today I try to catch up a bit on my email. Tomorrow morning I am back on the road again. First stop is the San Diego Comicon. I will post some more about SDCC a bit later. After that, it’s the second half of my DANCE WITH DRAGONS book tour.

The schedule:

SAN DIEGO
July 24, 4:00 p.m. Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

LOS ANGELES
July 26, 7:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES – Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles

BAY AREA
July 27, 7:00 p.m. REDWOOD CITY – Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City
event hosted by Kepler’s

SEATTLE
July 29, 7:30 p.m. SEATTLE – Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
event hosted by University Bookstore

DENVER
July 31, 2:00 pm DENVER – Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver

LEXINGTON
August 2, 7:00 p.m. LEXINGTON – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle

For more information on these signings — including rules and procedures — check out the story on Suvudu at http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/06/on-tour-george-r-r-martin.html?ref=twt_Suvudu_stream or contact the individual bookstores.

As for all those places I am NOT visiting (sorry, sorry, but I can’t tour forever, can’t go everywhere)… there are still ways you can get an autographed book. Try contacting some of the bookstores on the tour. Most of them would be glad to take your mailorder, I’m sure.

You can also try the Signed Page at http://signedpage.com/ They specialize in selling signed books via mailorder, and I will be swinging by their cavernous warehouse on my tour, to scrawl illegibly in all of their pre-orders.

(Sorry again, but no personalizations this tour, just signatures).

See you… somewhere or other, I hope. And if I look a little dazed and don’t seem to know what city I am in, well, do forgive…

Back in Santa Fe

July 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm
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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.

From Indy

July 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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On the road… just arrived in Indianapolis. I have a signing tomorrow at the B&N in Carmel. Hope to meet some of you there.

This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down at a computer since leaving home. The tour has been a blur. We started out in Baltimore, where I signed thousands of copies of DANCE at the Random House warehouse. Those copies will be going to bookstoress all over the country. Maybe one near you. Then on to Boston and NYC.

The Boston signing, at the B&N in Burlington, drew 1500 fans. I also signed several hundred extras copies for them, so if you missed the event, you still may be able to find an autographed copy there. Also signed a mess o’ copies at Harvard Books in Cambridge.

In between Boston and NYC, we made a brief stop at New Haven, where I sampled Frank Pepe’s famous pizza (excellent) and signed some stock for Yale Books and Atticus Books.

Then it was on to NYC, and the signing at Union Square last night. The B&B folks estimate that we drew 1800 people to that one, and the ache in my shoulder confirms it. An amazing night. Everyone seemed to have a good time, though. SIgned plenty of stock at that one too, some of which will remain at Union Suare, some of which will go to the B&N on 5th Avenue, so NYC should be awash in autographed copies for a few days.

And yesterday morning we learned that DANCE had the highest first day sales totals of any work of fiction released this year. Not just SF and fantasy, but all categories of fiction.

The reviews have been amazing as well.

And then, cherry on the sundae, the Emmy nominations came out. Thirteen nominations for GAME OF THRONES, including the coveted Best Dramatic Series nomination, the “Big One.” (Which no one thought we’d get).

It’s been quite a ride. When I flew to Indy this morning, I didn’t even need a plane!

Three Days…

July 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm
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… and counting.

Tomorrow I set off on the first leg of my signing tour. My first stop will be… well, I shouldn’t say, since I won’t be doing any public appearances there, just swinging by the Random House warehouse on Monday and signing as many copies of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as I can manage to sign before catching the Acela to Boston that afternoon. Those copies will go out all over the country, to bookstores that are not on the tour, but have placed substantial orders.

The first public signing is in Boston. Well, Burlington, actually. Look for me at the Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, starting at 7pm and going to… well, to when they close the store presumably. I’ll say a few words, take a few questions, and then deface your books.

After Boston, I’ll be at the Union Square B&N in New York City, and then the Carmel B&N in Indianapolis. (Full details on the Appearances page of my website). Then it’s home for a brief respite before I depart for San Diego Comicon and the second leg of the tour.

Please take a look at the post my publisher put up on Suvudu:
http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/06/on-tour-george-r-r-martin.html?ref=twt_Suvudu_stream

I don’t want to disappoint anyone, so let me stress again that, because of the size of the crowds that we’re anticipating, I cannot do personalizations or inscriptions at these events. Just straight autographs. I wish that wasn’t so, but it is. And I won’t be able to pose for photographs either, though you’re certainly free to have your friend take a snapshot when I’m signing your book.

The number of items I can sign at each event will depend on the store, the crowd, and other variables.

Be aware, if you head out to one of these, that (1) you may need to wait in line for a very long time, and (2) when you finally reach the front of that line, we’ll only have a few second together, at best. ((The BEST place to actually meet me, or any of your favorite SF or fantasy writers, is not at a booksigning, but at a con. But booksignings are good places to meet other fans. You’ll definitely meet the people in line with you. You’ll be spending hours with ’em, so be friendly. Romances have been known to start waiting in line at booksignings.))