The Willies

More wise words from our Jo 🙂

Jo Robinson

Firstly I have to say that I’m not in any way religious. Not in the normal way at any rate. I do believe in a greater power, and I also believe that each of us has a purpose – something or things that we have to learn, do, or share along the way. So. I research a lot of old myths and legends for my Shadow People books, as well as ancient building sites and so on. I’ve been doing a lot of digging around about free will, death, the afterlife, reincarnation, angels and demons again too, and now I’ve given myself the proper willies. When I was writing Echoes of Narcissus I kept on thinking that some malignant narcissists are actually demonic entities inside. Having known my own, and seeing a couple of videos online they very often look and sound the part. Even if they’re physically gorgeous, it’s…

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Blogging Personality: The Key to Success.

Blogging Personality: The Key to Success.

Some things all bloggers should know 🙂


There is something that I believe has been overlooked in the Blogger Community. The Blogger Personality. What key role does Personality play in the success of a blog? We’ll get to that shortly.

I want to mention a few Blogs I see as Successful. Before I do, do not confuse large numbers of Followers with success. Once you do that you head down a path that leads to a never to be satisfying Blog World experience.


  • People Follow you Hoping you will Follow them.
  • People stop reading your work and just don’t stop Following you.
  • People aren’t really part of your Blog World except for a number.
  • If numbers and not activity are your idea of success, then be prepared for some anxiety.

Let’s then define Blog Success. I see Blog Success as a Blog that;

  • Keeps its Readers coming back for more.
  • Keeps its Readers entertained.
  • Keeps its…

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Editing and Paper

Editing and Paper

Michael on the traditional editing method – paper 🙂


I had a question today from a lovely lady in Japan asking whether I usually edit my books on paper. I had put up a photo of my morning desk

This is what a 580 page novel at the edit stage looks like! This is what a 580 page novel at the edit stage looks like!

(which was embarrassing, but I can cope), and prominent on it was the pile of paper that will be my next novel: BLOOD ON THE SAND, published by Simon & Schuster. Jolly good story and an excellent read!

Yes, it looks hideously old fashioned. Why on earth would anyone edit on paper.

Actually there are many reasons why it’s far better to edit on paper.

First and foremost, you can have paper in your hand. For me, that means I can get up from my desk, walk to the kitchen and work on the table. Or I can carry the book into the sitting room, where the…

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