Session Description

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a major impact on publishing and the creators who are its lifeblood. AI impacts authors, editors, narrators, translators, publicists, cover artists, reviewers and agents. How does AI work? What are its strengths and weaknesses? The presentation answers with insights from creators who address AI’s potential to help and harm their professions. It also examines AI’s power to alter online publishing marketplaces with an influx of AI-created books and audiobooks. It concludes with an overview of ways the Authors Guild and others suggest creators can ethically use AI to create and promote their work.


Linda Lovely has published 11 mystery/suspense novels, including cozies, romantic suspense, and contemporary and historical mysteries. When she decided her 11th novel, A Killer App: An HOA Mystery, would feature an expert in Artificial Intelligence as a villain, she began researching AI. Her research didn’t stop with her mystery’s publication. AI’s huge impact on publishing and its potential to have an even greater influence had Linda hooked. A journalism major in college, she spent her entire career as a writing professional. Prior to writing fiction, Linda penned literally hundreds of feature articles for business and trade magazines, wrote speeches, and prepared newsletters and a variety of advertising and marketing materials. Former clients ranged from international giants like Coca-Cola, Xerox and 3M to Lowcountry tourism organizations. Linda enjoyed it all, especially the chance to research interesting topics and interview experts in such diverse fields as archeology, robotics, and intellectual property theft. She is the secretary for the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She also belongs to the Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. For several years, she helped organize the Writers Police Academy. Linda has presented programs on writing craft topics at the Pat Conroy Literary Center, three different Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI), the South Carolina Writers Workshop annual conference, RWA chapters, and libraries. Her novels have made the finals of a number of prestigious awards including Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart for romantic suspense and Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion for best cozy mystery.