Author Emily Benet

Emily Benet is a half Welsh - half Spanish Londoner, currently living on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Wherever she's lived her passion for writing has followed. Her debut book Shop Girl Diaries began as a blog about working in her Mum's eccentric chandelier shop. It won the CompletelyNovel Author Blog Awards at the London Book Fair. Her second book, a romantic comedy called The Temp, also began its life online, as a serialised novel on Wattpad and racked up two million hits under its original title Spray Painted Bananas. Her latest novel, #PleaseRetweet (HarperCollinsUK, 2015), teases society's obsession with celebrity and social media. She blogs at www.emilybenet.com, can be found on Facebook and tweets as @EmilyBenet.

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Social media has been key to Emily Benet’s success as a writer. Her first book, Shop Girl Diaries, started life as a blog; her second, The Temp, as a serialised novel posted online; and her latest, #PleaseRetweet, is a comedy about social media obsession. Social media is a wonderful tool for writers – but it has pitfalls too. The key is to use it, and not let it use you, as she reveals in her top pros and cons of social media for writers.

Case Studies The Temp by Emily Benet
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Would you write a novel for free? That was the request that landed in my in-box back in 2012. The email came from a content manager at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online platform that lets you upload stories and read thousands of others for free. Their promo pack informed me of their ten million monthly readers. Imagine having that many people read your work? The request suddenly seemed a tiny bit appealing.