Rest in Peace, Kate Duffy

The romance world has lost a giant. Kate Duffy was one of the legendary editors of the genre, and she died today. She started working in publishing in 1974, and worked with several publishing houses, most recently Kensington Books. She edited and mentored many authors during her 35 year career including Jude Devereaux, Judith McNaught, Susan Johnson, and Mary Jo Putney. Kate Duffy has been credited with rescuing the now-famous Whitney, My Love from the slush pile. In addition, the romance world would probably look very different without two of her other major accomplishments – the launch of Kensington’s Brava line of erotic romances and her stint as the first editor-in-chief of Silhouette Books. Ms. Duffy was a strong advocate for authors and for romance, and will be greatly missed.

Many tributes to her can be found online, but Mary Jo Putney said it well, when she blogged, “Kate Duffy was a legend in the romance industry, known for her humor, her directness, her concern for authors, and her passion for the romance genre. I felt honored to be one of her authors. I only wish it had been for much, much longer.” If those of you who knew or worked with Kate Duffy would like to share memories of her, please feel free to do so in the comments.

-Lynn Spencer

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10 Responses to “Rest in Peace, Kate Duffy”

  1. AAR Sandy says:

    I met her a few times, but can only claim the barest acquaintance. She impressed me as a direct women who lived her life boisterously. As so many have already said so well, she will be missed by everyone who loves romance.

  2. Kira W. says:

    Wow! She sounds like such an amazing person.I remember seeingher name in books I read but had no idea she did so much.

  3. I was shocked when I heard this news. My editor at Kensington was not Kate, but still… I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. I wish her family peace.

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