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My Dad, Keith, was a curious (dare I say it) unique amalgam. Apart from being husband and father he was a media executive with an intimidating command of the commercial aspects of newspaper production and sales. He was also part geek who got excited about the potential of new technology for greater efficiency; and part admirer of the old fashioned written word from poetry to the Bible, to the blessed Economist which he pored over in an almost meditative state each week.
“For pity sake” was one of Keith’s favourite sayings, usually spouted when he was impatient and wanted something to happen. “For pity sake, get off that phone” or “For pity sake will you stop yacking and just get on with it”.
Well we did, Dad, and For Pity Sake Publishing is the result. Here’s what we stand for:
We hold the firm view that writers and artists can and should have the opportunity to invest in their work, have more say in revenue generation, and ultimately, increased potential for profiting from their endeavours.
At the risk of sounding overly sentimental my father, Keith Henry McDonald, is the inspiration for this whole exercise. I, for one, intend to do my utmost to imbue our operation with the qualities I most admired in my Dad – integrity, honesty, pragmatism, financial acuity, humility and above all, an abiding love of words and stories well told.
So, as one of my Dad’s favourites, T.S. Eliot, famously said, “Let us go then, you and I….”
Welcome to For Pity Sake Publishing.
Founder and Principal.