I was a little surprised that I announced that I am starting
Romance Daily News (which we already
affectionately refer to as RDN) at
this morning’s opening breakfast for Romantic
Times. I had been asked to talk
about how much Kathryn Falk has influenced my life in publishing. I wanted
everyone to know that she has been a role model for me, a friend, and a
constant force of positive energy for everyone who falls under the romance
umbrella for three decades in this ever-changing book world, but I hadn’t really
anticipated that I would just blurt out the news. It’s just not how these things are done. But when I saw how sad so many of the
attendees of the convention were at the news that this would be the last RT
convention and that RT Reviews would
be closing, I couldn’t keep the exciting news to myself, and I didn’t want
anyone to think that Kathryn’s legacy would fail to go on. I have been on the phone with Kathryn, late
nights and weekends, talking about how I could fill the gap with a new
publication so there would be no void left by the closing of RT.
My vision for Romance
Daily News will include a lot of what RT
Reviews did – reviews, interviews, trends, free reads, etc., but it will be
a little more expansive in its definition of what romance news is. As I’ve gotten older I can see the romantic in
places I never saw it before. And as my
world gets more complicated, and often darker, I want to share the joy that
romance brings in everything I do.
So, Romance Daily News
will have a lot of new elements, more like a print women’s magazine --
horoscopes, This Day in Romance, an editorial cartoon by Last Kiss artist John
Lustig, but also features on trends in romance on everything from books to
films and TV and theater, as well as clothing, vacations, food and drink, friendships,
real life romance, and even romance in art, history, gaming, sex, politics, science
and math. Romance and the romantic is everywhere,
and we, as the readers and writers who love romance, need to show the world
that there’s another way to see things every minute of every day. For many,
romance is an escape. For me, it’s a
We’re putting together columns and features and new sections.
We’ll need reviewers and writers, and all
kinds of input, so please feel free to write me with suggestions at email@example.com
We are hoping to launch in June, just as RT Reviews winds down.
Some of you may be asking, “Why is Lori Perkins doing
this?” Aside from the fact that I
personally want Kathryn Falk’s legacy to continue, journalism is my first love
(see there’s some romance for you, right there). I have a B.A. in journalism from N.Y.U., and
I started the local newspaper in upper Manhattan when I was 22. I also taught
journalism at NYU when I was 23 because, as the feminist that I was then, I
mentioned that there were no female professors teaching journalism and they
asked me if I wanted to teach. I taught
at NYU on and off for the next 20 years.
I believe in the power of the press, and I believe in the
power of women’s voices and perspectives.
We need our own presses where we can express ourselves, and we need
women-centered spaces that are inclusive.
Kathryn Falk created that space 37 years ago. I want it to go on.