As you may remember, StarShipSofa recently released a podcast of a story by George R. R. Martin, written in the 70s with a severely limited print run, but you can find more about that and how we got it here. But the night of launch, the entire podcast net exploded. Neil Gaiman retweeted and promoted us. Podcastle retweeted and promoted us. So did Drabblecast, Pseudopod, Apex Magazine, Jo Fletcher books, the Roundtable podcast, Cast of Wonders, Tor books, and countless other (big!) authors. Boing blogged about us, so did SFF Audio, and even Westeros org posted it, making connections to the podcasted story and the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, drawing links between the two.
We quite literally all together were given the stage in front of millions and millions of virtual viewers. Neil Gaiman himself is scraping 2.5 million twitter followers alone, let alone a publishing house like Jo Fletcher books! We had a mountain of people helping us out and giving their thoughts. We’ve shifted several thousand downloads, possibly reaching into the tens of thousands by now. A lot of people had an input on that.
Oh, and George R. R. Martin himself
Yep. Mr. Martin actually went to his blog here and promoted the episode, also adding “Check it out for yourself. It’s free, and I thought they did a nice job.”
Not only did GRRM take the time to speak with me and allow us to use his story while Season 5 was AIRING (even as I type this the finale is being prepared for viewing on TV), but he also went of his way to promote the episode and praise it as well. Meaning that he listened to, at the very least, a part of our production.
I said this on the blog, but I’ll say it here again. I first read ASoIaF when I was 13 or so, and the show a few years later when it came out. His worlds, his characters, his prose and complete mastery of world-building, plot and the English language has captivated and inspired me for more than half a decade. To get recognition (and praise) from him, and approval of the job we did, means so much to me I can’t even put it into words. That story he wrote all those years ago is part of his memory (he even put his mood as “nostalgic” on the post), something very precious to him. He could have refused to give us the story, and he could have been disgusted with what we did to it. But he didn’t, and he wasn’t, and that fact alone, coupled with how he stole away the time to express his approval, is by far the highlight of my writing slash editing career. His work means so much to me, and has done so much for publishing and fantasy, the genre I love, so having be given the honour of working with him and on his story has humbled us all very, very much.
Thank you GRRM. Thank you Nick for the narration. Thank you Tony. Thank you everyone who helped promote the episode. Thank you all the fans. Thank you all the listeners. Thank you.