House of Parlance is a two year old Vancouver publisher run by Cathy Barrett, formerly of Nettwerk Records, and Sandy Garossino, board member of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. They are known for their graphic novels, poetry and digital downloads — in other words they are a publishing house with a vision and therefore, in my mind, a future.
The exciting news is that they have hired Tonya Martin to be their Editorial Director in charge of Acquisitions. Tonya was my brilliant editor for my soon to be released book, The Perfect Cut.” Although we only worked together on one book, we quickly developed a strong working and personal relationship and I count her as both a friend and a mentor.
To date, House of Parlance has published two books, but they hope to increase their list to six within the next two years. I’m sure they will succeed, after all, they were smart enough to snatch up Tonya from the ruins of the now defunct publishing arm of Raincoast Books.