The romance publishing industry’s magazine, RT Book Reviews, has announced it is to close. RT’s massive convention is currently on in Reno.
I had some issues with the magazine beyond the unfortunate name (RT “News” – formerly Russia Today – is the Kremlin’s global, multilingual propaganda network), but it’s still a surprise.
RT was a little infamous for handing out glowing reviews to books regardless of quality, and when they abruptly cancelled their print version I was one of MANY subscribers who lost money on the decision.
However, this is a terrible thing for the romance book industry. Other than the reviews, the magazine offered author interviews, cover reveals, forums etc. It was a centre for the biggest publishing genre there is.