Amy Herring

Amy Herring

As Louise Herring-Jones, Amy Herring writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her stories have been included in anthologies, most recently “Michaelis and the Dew Shades” in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean: An Anthology of Horrors and Wonders of the Sea (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016), and "Moundville Revisited" in Ruins Excavation (Hadley Rille Books, 2015). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Website: http://www.louiseherring-jones.com

Creativity 101 Offers Strategies for Writers

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A panel of Nancy Knight, moderator, Janny Wurts, Lucienne Diver, David Mcinnes Gill, Kim Harrison, and Ali Fisher brainstormed about ways that writers can keep their creativity levels high. Before moving on to possible strategies, Fisher and Ali agreed that voice, that unique lens of telling a story as no one else could, is the single most important thing they seek in a new write. The author panelists considered what inspired them most. These and other ideas emerged: New magic
 
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Care and Feeding of Writers at Work Panel Reassures Authors

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Editors Claire Eddy, Steve Staffel, and Stephen Mazur joined editor/author Jaym Gates and agent/author Lucienne Diver at a Sunday panel that addressed how to care for writers during the editorial and sales phases of publishing. Regarding the relationship between editors and authors, Diver said that the ideal is one of respect and open communication.  Ideal relationship notwithstanding, she stressed that authors should keep their agents up to date on contacts with the editor. Staffel praised Diver as a rare agent
 
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Writer’s Block Relief at Dragon Con

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Anya Martin moderated a stellar panel on writer’s block for the Writer’s Track with fellow panelists Mercedes Lackey, Kim Harrison, Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Jennifer St. Giles, Kathryn Hinds, and Anne Bartolucci, PhD, CBSM. Wondering about the significance of the size of the audience, Anya Martin began the panel with a one-size-fits-all solution for writer’s block: coffee! But setting aside her off-the-cuff remark, she asked panelists to address other facets of the elusive writing glitch. Several of the
 
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Black Dog Panel Sheds Light on Mental Health Issues

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Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, and Darin Kennedy brought the “hold on to the light” initiative to Dragon Con in a Science Fiction Literature Track panel Saturday afternoon. Martin clarified that the presentation was not a workshop or a prescriptive, but a look at how mental health issues are portrayed in literature and the media. The panelists also considered how mental health can inform an author’s writing and how characters are presented. Describing their own struggles, the
 
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The Legend Named Mike Resnick

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Mike Resnick spoke to writers at Jody Lynn Nye’s Writer’s Intensive Workshop on Friday. Resnick’s topics were announced by Nye: “Long careers and short stories.” The legendary Resnick is the all-time leading award winner for short science fiction and has won a Nebula, five Hugos (nominated 37 times), and other major awards in six countries. He reminded his rapt listeners that your writing is “art until you write the end; then it becomes a business.” Resnick advised the workshoppers and
 
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The Many Facets of Fightin’ and Writin’

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John Robinson, moderator, led the cohort of fighting experts who advanced on the topic from several different perspectives in Friday night’s not-your-usual Writer’s Track “Fightin’ and Writin’” panel. Scouts out front included panelists  Chris A. Jackson (fantasy and role-playing games), Allen Johnson (screenwriting and historic values), Nick Eftimiades (martial arts, defense,  diplomacy, and counter-terrorism, all spliced into Hollywood consulting), and Matt Blaze (a new voice at Dragon Con extolling the potential martial use of computer science and security, essentially acting
 
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Ace Executive Editor Anne Sowards Reflects on the Editorial Process

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Anne Sowards spoke about acquisition and editing novels to a group of participants and alumni at Jody Lynn Nye’s Writers Intensive workshop on Friday afternoon.  An executive editor at Penguin Random House, Sowards acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for their Ace and Roc imprints. Sowards said that her office does not accept unrepresented submissions and, therefore, no longer employs slush-pile readers. She said she reads a few chapters before making a decision, and asks other members of the staff to read promising novels. The book is then presented at an editorial meeting and market factors
 
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Writers of the Future Judges Encourage Writers

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On Saturday afternoon, a panel of judges for L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest (WotF) encouraged Dragon Con fans to enter the renowned contest. Moderated by Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer, the panel included five additional award-winning and best-selling authors also serving as WotF contest judges: Mike Resnick, Todd McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, and Jody Lynn Nye. Sawyer said that author and contest-coordinating judge David Farland reviews the anonymous contest entries and winnows down the entries to eight finalists per contest quarter. Judges read these high-quality short stories and select three finalists for the quarter. These finalist stories are published in the annual L. Ron Hubbard’s presents Writers of the Future anthology (currently published through
 
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