Social media whizz kid, May Sparks has landed her dream job. Well, not quite, but the salary is great and all May has to do is handle the online profiles of C–list celebrities who have the tendency to say inappropriate things. Easy, right? #wrong
May’s clients include an ex big brother star (who she's definitely not going to sleep with #neversaynever), a disgraced TV presenter (who wants May to sort out his marriage as well as his Twitter account), and a woman who once flashed her boobs on X-factor. They're all relying on her to turn them into stars. But they're not going to make her job easy.
As May is sucked further and further into her job she begins to lose her grip on real life. Her friends don’t ‘like’ her Facebook posts anymore and even her gorgeous neighbour, who once seemed to be on the same wavelength, criticises her career choice. Worse, May’s clients start getting trolled by an annoying tweep, who May happens to agree with.
Then May’s secret online identity is leaked, causing her to start trending on Twitter. It looks like the status update is over. Unless May can leave the superficial social media word behind and find her own voice again…
"A funny and frantic cautionary tale for the digital generation…Highly recommended" – Chick Lit Love
It's a romantic comedy about a Amber, twenty-something and fresh out of university with a degree she has no clue what to do with… she temps in order to earn enough money to cover the cost of living the good life in London.
While scrounging free wine from a wacky modern art gallery (her favourite life-hack) she looks at the ‘art’ and thinks ‘if they can do it, why not me?’. Enter a drop-dead gorgeous gallery promoter and a bunch of unlikely friends, including her housemate Egg (short for Egbert), to help – and hinder – her crazy idea to unleash spray painted bananas across the capital.
"This book is bananas! Completely bonkers, utterly entertaining and definitely bananas!" - Rachel Gilbey of RachelsRandomReads, book blogger
“The first word that springs to mind is fresh. Amber is quirky and funny, and her story was an absolute delight to follow. What really struck me about this book was just how utterly, unabashedly British it was.” - BookWorm Reviews
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The book poses the questions you should ask before you begin and all the information you need to get started.
Benet's blog won the CompletelyNovel Author Award at the London Book Fair in 2010. She runs social media workshops and has written extensively about the benefits of blogging. She has contributed articles to several publications including Writers and Artists, Publishing Talk, The New Writer Mslexia and Litro. She has also lectured and given talks at universities and literary festivals in the UK.
This book is only available in ebook format.
"This book was a must for someone like me. I need to be active on social media (for my writing) and that included setting up a blog. I'm not at all technical and Emily understands that the world is full of people in my situation. She goes through it all step by step, explaining everything in great detail. The difference with this book is that she makes it sound fun and not boring, or impossible to do." Pippa Franks, author.
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Benet's comic world is populated by shoppers, suitors and chandeliers. The independent lighting shop is the co-star, as mother and daughter try to close it down but just can’t seem to manage, due to a loyal following of colourful and bizarre customers. Till-side accounts of the general public’s desire for retail therapy and light switches form the backdrop to Benet’s well-lit tour of the credit crunch.
Shop Girl Diaries was first published in 2009 and re-released in 2014 with an extra special epilogue.
"This chunky little book is the perfect holiday read. Slip it into your flight bag or beach bag, and take it out in those odd moments when you are waiting for the waiter to fetch your chilled sangria. It's all in bite size portions, the very finger food of books, yet it will nourish your soul. There's humour, romance and people-watching, a flavour of London life as it is really lived, family and fun - oh and crystal-pinning." - M. A Topping, author
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The stories are short enough to be slipped into a busy day, long enough to offer escape. Dip in wherever you choose and enjoy a different experience with every tale.
"What I loved about this collection of short stories was the inventiveness and refreshing ideas, which I had not come across before. The voices were all new and fresh and the narrative zipped along. Funny, imaginative, scary, unusual - a social commentator without the direct action. My personal favourite was 'The Repossession', so sad I cried but full of joy by the end of the story," Rosie Canning, writer and founder of Greenacre Writers Group
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