George R.R Martin used to be the unsung hero of pop culture long before the Game of Thrones show came out, and the fact is that not many people knew about the author who penned the series of A Song of Ice and Fire. During the initial years of the first book in the series being released, Martin was just like any other new writer, who didn’t have a even smidge of the people going crazy over it today, at that time.
At the 20th anniversary of the book series this August, George R.R Martin wrote a blog reminiscing about those times when he could count the number of people who showed up at his book signings. During one of his signings, he recalls, that absolutely no one turned up, and four people even left the store because of him! Here’s what he wrote:
“The crowds didn’t reach one hundred anywhere. And at one stop (St. Louis, if you must know), not only was attendance zero but I actually drove four patrons out of the bookshop, allowing me to set my all time ‘bad signing’ record at minus four (on the plus side, I had the time for long friendly talks with the readers who did show up). But my oh my, things have changed a bit in these last twenty years.”
Martin is more popular than any other author in this day and age, and knowing that even he’s witnessed such a huge change in his life as a writer should do a lot to reassure new and upcoming writers!