Social Media Detox by Emily Benet

Today on Becca's Books, I'm thrilled to be welcoming HarperImpulse author Emily Benet to the blog! Emily's latest novel #PleaseRetweet was published August 27th 2015, with the paperback publication following TODAY! That's right folks, it's available now! (I'll include quick, easy links below!) You can have a read of the blurb below to get a feel of what #PleaseRetweet is all about, but alongside that, Emily Benet is sharing a post with us today on the benefits of a social media detox! Keep reading to find out more!

Title - #PleaseRetweet
Author - Emily Benet
Publication Date - November 5th 2015 (Paperback)
Publisher - HarperImpulse

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 Z-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 world behind and find her own voice again...

Time for a social media detox?

Do you know what's the best thing about writing a novel about social media addiction?

Every time you catch yourself wasting time on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, you can say, 'But it's research!'

To be honest, I did so much 'research' while writing #PleaseRetweet I'm quite surprised I managed to get the book written at all. But I did, and I'm very excited to be able to share it with you all at last.

The novel is about May Sparks, a social media whizz kid, who is employed to look after the online profiles of C-list celebrities'. Specifically the celebs who have a tendency to post inappropriate things online. Her clients include an ex Big Brother star, a disgraced TV presenter, and a woman who once flashed her boobs on X-factor. It's a full on job pretending to be so many different people and poor May starts alienating everyone because she's surgically attached to her phone.

After writing #PleaseRetweet and attempting to move on to the next project, I realised that I, like my main character, had also become surgically attached to my phone. So I decided to take a social media detox for one week.

Key to a successful social media detox:

1.) Delete social network apps from phone. 
2.) Tell everyone you're going offline for a week.

You can't give up social media while you're getting notifications every second, so to avoid temptation I deleted the apps from my phone. If you announce to everyone on your networks that you're going offline for a week, you won't be able to post anything, because they'll know you failed the challenge!

Cunning, eh? And extremely effective.

For one week, I would pick up my phone to check something or take a photo, then I'd put it down again, remembering my promise. As much as I enjoy interacting on social media, it was very liberating to disconnect. My mind stopped composing tweets every five seconds, and I spent more time enjoying the present moment, rather than worrying about sharing the present moment with everyone on my networks.

Social media is a brilliant tool for connection and creativity, but the key is to use it and not let it use you. It should never stop you doing what you love. That's what #PleaseRetweet is all about. Taking stock of what you're doing with your life and remembering to enjoy the moment!

Emily was born in London to a Welsh mother and Spanish father, but spent her teenage years in Barcelona.
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 and inspired her script for Shop Girl Blog, which was shown at the London Short Film Festival.
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. It led to her signing with MBA agency and a two book deal with Harper Collins imprint Harper Impulse. #PleaseRetweet is her latest book.
Emily has contributed articles on social media to guidebooks and magazines including  Publishing Talk, Blogging for Writers, Writers and Artists and Mslexia. She also runs Get Blogging Workshops.
She now lives in Mallorca with her husband. If she's not writing or thinking about writing, it's probably because she's up a mountain, in the sea or fast asleep. 
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