Emily Benet

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I am the Shop Girl blogger. My debut book ‘Shop Girl Diaries’ was published by Salt Publishing in December 09. It all began when I decided to chronicle the daily dramas of working in my Mum’s chandelier shop. It’s small, chaotic and we get all sorts of colourful characters coming to chat rather than buy lights. I’ve wanted to be novelist since the age of 4 and I’m currently working on a new idea. I know it will be tough but I’m determined! Please check out my blog, I hope you enjoy it.

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    Howard Davis posted a message to Emily Benet I don't want to dishearten you but I found it very difficult to promote The Charnel Ground - peop...I don't want to dishearten you but I found it very difficult to promote The Charnel Ground - people didn't seem particularly interested in reading a book about colourful Colombia. My second novel which I finished at the beginning of the year is mostly narrated by a girl who is unable to write in a conventional way and for whom technology and the Internet have freed her to write utilising a switch. Part of the novel was written as a blog (http://stoptheteafrompouring.blogspot.com)- which is how I found your blog. To promote it I'm trying to set up an exhibition of disabled writers work and have applied for Arts Council funding. I wanted to do something different to gain the attention of agents etc. but the Arts Council have asked that I change that focus so we'll see what happens. Like you, I'm also trying to write a new novel as I have the opportunity to do so at the moment and am guilty of concentrating on that rather than promoting what I've already written. I drop my daughter off at school and then go and sit in Peckham Rye cafe and fueled with a latte begin to write. Good luck with your book - Colombia is amazing, like a continent within a country. (more) and bagged+3
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    Emily Benet posted a message to Howard Davis Hi Thanks! Glad you enjoy the blog. I'm sure I'll find lots of new stories in Colombia and my no...Hi Thanks! Glad you enjoy the blog. I'm sure I'll find lots of new stories in Colombia and my novel will change direction over and over! Does writing ever get easier? Also, do you do much to promote your books? I've sort of left Shop Girl Diaries to one side, but if I don't do something about it then no one else will! Best wishes Emily (more) and received+3
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    Howard Davis posted a message to Emily Benet Hi, I like reading your blog. Good luck with writing the novel set in Colombia - a fantastic sett...Hi, I like reading your blog. Good luck with writing the novel set in Colombia - a fantastic setting for a book as you just couldn't make up so much of what goes on there. I set my novel (The Charnel Ground) there having travelled around the country. I was deeply affected by the disregard of the middle classes living in the big cities for the thousands of displaced villagers victims of the ongoing civil war between FARC, the paramilitaries and the Army in addition to the seeming utter lack of value for human life. Best wishes, Howard. (more) and won+3
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