I’ve been dreaming about a printed Mobile Home Living magazine since I wrote my first post back in September 2011.
And it’s finally happening!
The 1st Printed Magazine for Mobile Homeowners in over 35 years!
A Magazine For Mobile Homeowners BY Mobile Homeowners
I can’t help but wonder why mobile and manufactured homeowners haven’t had a printed magazine in decades.
There’re magazines for rock climbers and model train collectors and I seriously doubt there are 20 million rock climbers in America.
There’s even a FREE printed magazine just for the manufactured housing industry.
The industry has their own magazine but not the homeowners?
I mean come on!
Our new magazine is best described as the Better Homes & Gardens for mobile and manufactured homeowners. Of course, it won’t be as awesome as BHG, but I’ll give it my all to create a magazine that is beautiful, informative, and inspirational.
For now, we’re only publishing four issues per year on a quarterly basis. But I’d be thrilled to add more issues if things go well.
The price for 4 quarterly printed magazines is $35. You can order the digital version below for $15. Both subscriptions include 3 free bonuses in addition to the magazines.
There Are no ads in the magazines.
I was initially going to include advertising in the magazines but decided against it for a few reasons. Every page of the Mobile Home Living Magazine is inform.ative, inspirational, or educational.
Order the Printed Magazine Subscription with these buttons (it will take debit cards if you don’t have a PayPal account:
Your subscriptions includes several bonuses!
I feel terrible about the high price. Let’s be real, $35 is a LOT to ask for four magazines so I’m adding a few bonuses. All 3 should be finished by Labor Day.
Your annual subscription, whether it be printed + digital or digital-only, includes a few perks besides just getting an awesome printed magazine every quarter.
Bonus #1: ABC Book of Vintage Mobile Homes
Kim and I have been working on this book for a while. It’s tentavetlily titled The ABC Book of Vintage Mobile Homes. There’s a great vintage mobile home for every letter with tons of old ads and images and info. We’re hoping to sell it on Amazon and maybe have it available through a print-on-demand service.
Subscribers will receive the eBook at no cost as soon as it’s finished (mid-August, 2022).
Bonus #2: Unrestricted Access to our Resource Library
I’ve collected a lot of stuff over the last decade and I’m uploading it a little at time to a new website I’m creating just for the magazine at mobilehomelivingmagazine.com.
There are at least 10 complete vintage mobile home magazines from the 1950s and 60s already digitized and I have a few more. There’s also a ton of reference material from HUD and state agencies across the nation, builder info, etc.
Bonus #3: Premium Plan on Our New Pro Directory
I’ve heard one complaint over and over in the last decade: homeowners can’t find pros that will work on mobile and manufactured homes. so I’m gonna try to fix that with a new website.
The new site will connect homeowners to reputable businesses that will work on mobile homes. You can find pros in your area and read reviews about them (and write reviews).
It’s almost ready to go live but it needs a few tweeks.
Subscribers will get the premium plan which gives you added features. Non-subsribers will have to pay at least $19.99 a year.
A Little More Info…..
I understand that $35 for four magazines is A LOT to ask and I apologize. I’m doing this alone and don’t have deep pockets. I have wanted to create a printed magazine for years but never had the money or time or ambition until now.
Plus, it’s Mobile Home Living’s 10th anniversary. A printed version of the blog seems like a perfect way to celebrate!
I’m limiting ads to less than 20% of the total page count (actually it may end up being less than 10% because I’m being so picky with advertisers).
I have loved magazines my whole life. It’s what I went to school for and what I’ve wanted to do since at least middle school, and I can even prove it (if I can find the essay at my dads):
In 6th grade, I had to write an essay about what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I wrote that I was going to be a magazine editor and graphic designer in NYC and have a vacation home in Ireland. That’s kinda hilarious considering I’m from the hollers of southern West Virginia and had never even been to a big city!
I also have a 2-year trade school diploma in printing and graphic communications (I attended trade school in the mornings and high school in the evenings).
I started working for my hometown newspaper the day after I graduated high school and stayed for two years while attending community college. I designed Val-Pak coupons and learned a ton about printing and distribution, etc while I attended Marshall University. Oh, and I’ve even worked at a couple of printing companies in NC where I ran printing presses of all sizes.
I LOVE print media and graphic design!
Of course, I’ve never published a magazine before, but I’ll certainly do my level best to make it informative and inspirational and easy on the eyes. I have a really GOOD feeling that this magazine is going to be a huge success. I had the same feeling when I started Mobile Home Living® in 2011.
You can expect the magazine to have similar content as the blog: homeowner interviews, decor and design inspiration, repair and remodeling help, dealership and community spotlights, etc.
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