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Frequently asked questions

Who publishes YarnMaker?

YarnMaker is published by Dorothy Lumb Publishing, an independent publisher and sole trader. The business was established by Dorothy in 2009 in order to launch a new magazine for British handspinning. Estimates put together with the help of other traders catering for this market and event organisers suggest that there are around 10,000 handspinners today in the UK. This is a niche market and as a sole trader I am able to operate with low overheads and make a profit in a market that large publishing houses cannot cater for. If you pick up the phone, or email, to discuss subscriptions, contributions, advertising, wholesale, or any other matter the person who responds will be the editor: Dorothy Lumb.

Delivery of magazines

Subscriber copies of all new editions are sent out by on publication. For other purchases, I post weekly, usually on Thursdays, using 2nd class post in Britain for magazines and binders and for all other countries orders are sent by airmail. Within Britain you order should arrive within two weeks (including first subscription copy) and in other countries your order should arive within 3 weeks. If you have not received your order within this time please get in touch to request a replacement.

Renewing your subscription to YarnMaker

We don't want you to miss the opportunity to renew and ensure you continue to get YarnMaker, and so a form notifying subscribers that renewal is due will be sent out with the last magazine of your subscription. If you do not respond we will follow up with further contact by post or email.

You may renew your subscription by filling in a form sent with the magazine, or by phoning up to make a card payment, or send a letter and a cheque in the post, or renew using PayPal on the website.

Electonic version for download

There are no plans to produce an electronic version of the magazine.

Publication dates

From Autumn 2015, YarnMaker is formally a quarterly magazine, with subscriptions available for one year/ 4 issues or 2 years / 8 issues.

Prior to that, subscriptions were for 6 editions. Back in 2010 when I set up YarnMaker I hoped that 6 editions per year would be possible. The only year there were six editions was 2011, and in 2014 and 2015 it has settled down to being 4 per year.

"Are you going to publish an article about ...?"

Please look at Information for Contributors, YarnMaker depends on people submitting articles on subjects they would like to see in the magazine. We aim to have a good mix of topics covered in every edition - if you think there is a gap in the content, maybe you can help? We also welcome news that is relevant to handspinners.

Can I have access to the YarnMaker customer list for marketing purposes?

No. Data relating to purchasers of magazines is only used for the purpose for which it was supplied. We are registered with the Information Commissioner and abide by legal requirements for handling and protection of data.

I'm moving house... how do I inform you of my new address?

Please get in touch by email, phone, or letter with details of your old and new addresses so I can update your subscription record. See here for how to contact YarnMaker.


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