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Oh, Turkey, you are never boring. First, note this Facebook group: Ahmet Şık’ın Kitabı Bende de Var, which means, “I’ve got Ahmet Şık’s book too.” (If the name Ahmet Şık isn’t familiar, I’ve written about him here and here.) I track the growth of political Facebook groups as a minor hobby, and this one is really growing fast.
But even more interesting, here’s a site that claims to have the manuscript–and to be counting down to releasing it. Do they really have it? No idea.
Look, I can’t help it, I’m going to give the people who want Ahmet Şık’s ideas to disappear some expert advice. I know exactly how to make a book disappear. I’ve written four books that pretty much sank without a trace. (Oh, man, I just looked for evidence of this and depressed myself–Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,699.) I don’t take it personally; I still think that’s a great book, but most books just disappear. It’s a tough market.
You can take my advice or leave it, but you’ll find what I’m saying is true, empirically. You want to make a book disappear, there’s a much easier way, and you won’t have to deal with all that patronizing criticism from the EU. Ignore it and put something great on television. I recommend a show involving feuding celebrities, a buxom chef and a talking beagle, but you can adapt this formula as culturally appropriate.
Seizing the draft in a highly-publicized raid on a newspaper will actually result in hundreds of thousands of people who had never given that book a second thought–and who probably buy fewer than three books a decade, if that–becoming awfully curious about what Ahmet Şık has to say. That’s a spectacular achievement in today’s publishing environment, but probably not the one you were angling for.
If anyone wants any more advice from me about making books disappear, you know where to reach me. Just dial “publishing oblivion.”