Fourteen and a half years after it was first published, A Game of Thrones has finally hit the bestseller lists. Last week it reached #25 on The New York Times bestseller lists and this week rose to #24.
This is an interesting achievement. Whilst it isn't surprising that the forthcoming TV adaptation is driving sales - sales of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse rose by apparently 300% in the first year that True Blood debuted - it is surprising that it's happening this early, three months before transmission and with the official TV tie-in edition of the novel not due to be released until 22 March. The novel's renewed success appears to be down solely to the advance word-of-mouth on the project and, possibly, the TV series' appearance on various print and online 'things to look forwards to in 2011' lists.
Meanwhile, Joe Abercrombie has announced that he's signed a new, four-book deal with Gollancz. This deal will consist of one more stand-alone in the vein of Best Served Cold and The Heroes, presumably the sort-of Western that Joe's been hinting at for ages. This will be followed by potentially another trilogy (though Joe states that he reserves the right to change his mind). Congratulations to Joe on the new deal!
Finally, Gollancz have tweeted that the mass-market paperback edition of The Way of Kings will be split in two for publication. So people holding back for the paperback are advised it'll probably be just as economical to get the tradeback (which is £16.99 compared to two £7.99 mmpbs). Note that this just applies to the UK paperback so far.