If I’d known how difficult it is, how many little things can go wrong, how much work it really entails, I may have been too intimidated to take the plunge and start a magazine about spinning yarn. Thankfully I didn’t know and PLY Magazine put out its first issue with just three people working and no magazine or publishing experience between us. After a year and a half I have a better understanding of what it takes to publish a great magazine.
I know that it’s a much bigger job than I ever imagined but I also know that it’s not just three of us because Allen press is part of what makes PLY work. Without them there’d be a lot more photocopying and tears and a lot fewer glossy pages and subscribers. The staff has now grown from three to five and if you look at who these people are – me, my husband, my ex-husband, my 12 year old son, and my best friend – you’ll see that I like working with people that I know and trust. I don’t like to have to rely on too many people to do a job right. I rely on those four people and myself. And I rely on Allen Press.
I rely on those four people and myself. And I rely on Allen Press. Allen Press held my hand from the first day. They’re still holding my hand today.
As PLY grows, they grow. When PLY gets more and more subscribers their hands get bigger. It’s such a comfort to know that whatever PLY needs, they can handle it. They are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place; they personally put in hours with me to give PLY and our subscribers what they want and need. I wouldn’t take PLY anywhere else. Allen Press does absolutely everything I need. I trust them and so do 10,000 handspinners worldwide.”