Tuesday, 28 September 2010

How to write a bestseller

An immense body count? Teenage wizards? Heaving bosoms and steamy sex?

Forget it.

What you need is to pen Operation Dark Heart, a dry, academic analysis of 'spycraft and special ops on the frontline in Afghanistan'. Then the CIA will buy up the entire print run - and burn it. Repeat whenever you and your publishers need your bank accounts topping up.

More seriously, this is deeply sinister. Books of this type are regularly pre-censored or approved by the military authorities, as was this book. Then the CIA decided it wanted a say, but they were too late, and dreamed up this solution.

But don't worry - a redacted version is available on Kindle.

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