As someone ever so slightly addicted to social media on my phone, I’d like to thank Emily Burns for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations for Anna Bell’s It Started With A Tweet. I would also like to apologise for the fact that I fully intended to review for today too, but life simply hasn’t allowed it!
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on 7th December 2017 in e-book and from 28th December in paperback, It Started With A Tweet is available for purchase here.
It Started With A Tweet
Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .
Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria. Soon, too, Daisy meets a welcome distraction there in Jack, the rugged man-next-door.
But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village?
And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?
A Day in the Life of an Author on Social Media
A Guest Post by Anna Bell
Social media is possibly the best and the worst thing to happen to authors. Writing can be an incredibly isolating profession and social media opens up a world of other authors and readers to chat to, making it all a little less lonely and a lot more pleasant. Yet on the other hand when you’re struggling to find motivation to edit and write, sitting down at your computer where the world is quite literally at your fingertips can be a very dangerous thing.
My day with social media begins when I’m having my morning coffee. I browse Twitter and Instagram to see what’s been going on whilst I’ve been asleep. I almost always find my next read on Twitter. I look at what the reviewers that review my books have been reading and the ones that they’ve loved. I also look at what books are creating a buzz on social media. I think as an author it’s important to see what other people are doing and watching trends – and Twitter for me is how I keep track of it. I then head off to take my daughter to crèche or I take my dog out for a walk and at that point I’m always looking out for an Instagram opportunity. My feed is full of pictures of the countryside where I live in rural France or it’s of cakes and pastries that I’ve treated myself to from the local boulangeries – which are definitely my weak spot.
When I finally sit down at my laptop, I then turn to Twitter. I usually like to write one or two tweets in the morning and it takes me ages to compose them. You’d think as a writer who writes 90,000 word novels that a tweet would be no problem, but I feel the pressure to write something dazzling and witty in 140 (or 280) characters. I then have a quick look at Facebook, mainly because I’m in some groups with other authors where we chat about all things writing – picking each others brains about how the industry works and sharing the frustrations of the whole writing process. I don’t tend to post a lot to Facebook, only because for me I find it too time consuming. I like Twitter’s short nature and easy to follow layout.
Once I’m happy that I’m not missing out on too much on social media, I switch off the internet and write. Or at least that’s the plan. Depending on how much motivation I’ve got or how stuck I am determines how much I switch back on my WiFi and refresh my feeds. Inspired by my latest novel, It Started With a Tweet, where the main character gets forced offline, I did a digital detox for three days and it was amazing how productive I was when I wasn’t constantly checking everything.
The absolute best thing about social media for me has to be the interaction with readers. There is nothing that makes me more happy then when someone tweets me to say that they enjoyed one of my books or that they loved one of my characters as much as I do. I love also getting to know readers and chatting about other people’s books too. Hearing from readers spurs me on when I’m writing another book, it reminds me why I’m doing it and that it is worthwhile!
Despite my horrible procrastination and the virtual rabbit holes I fall down when on Twitter, I would hate to be a writer without social media. For me it would lead to more self doubt and it would be a lot lonelier place to be.
(I think we’d all agree with you Anna!)
About Anna Bell
Anna lives in the South of France with her young family and energetic labrador. When not chained to her laptop, Anna can be found basking in the sun in the summer, heading to the ski slopes in the winter (to drink hot chocolate and watch – she can’t ski) or having a sneaky treat from the patisserie – all year round!
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