We produce high-quality, glossy, local lifestyle magazines that readers love & small business owners are proud to advertise in.

Local Life Publishing is on a mission to help small communities thrive by producing print and digital publications which highlight the fabulousness of each town, delivering timely, relevant, local-interest stories to readers with every issue.


Who We Help

Our local publications help connect families, communities and small businesses. 

 

FamilieS

We love the word "Family." It means so many things to different people. To us it means the people we love and spend time with, the ones we grow, play & eat with. Pets Included.

LOCAL COMMUNITies 

There are organizations within every community run by local activists and public workers, caring individuals who put on the festivals, 5Ks, elections, cultural arts and charity events. We tell their stories.

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SMALL BUSINESSes

The heart of a community is it's local business community. Small business owners work hard each day to bring dollars to town and provide the best, personal service to their local customers.

We’re not shy to say a big part of our mission is keeping our advertising costs low for sole-proprietors and small businesses, so these awesome folks can take part in glossy, brand-building advertising, which works! Hyper-local, high-quality advertising options were scarce. We are filling the needs of small businesses to promote themselves to their communities in a medium which reflects the quality of their brands.

Our second priority is to simplify our advertising packages, so our clients can do business with us quickly then put their focus right back on their enterprises.Transparency is our aim. Everything you need to know about advertising with us is right here on our website.

We have decades of experience in publishing, advertising, marketing and small business. We know the challenges that small businesses face and have strategically positioned our products to address these needs. We publish high-quality, hyper-local, glossy, jumbo-digest {7 X 9.5}, lifestyle magazines that readers love and our advertisers are proud to be a part.

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Our People

The Local Life Publishing Family

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Regina Barkley
Founder

Chris Smith
President

What We Are All About

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What We're All About...

SIZE MATTERS – Who made the rule that all magazines and newsletters have to be 8.5 x 11?

Why are all of our publications smaller than the average bear? Honestly, at first we just wanted to be different. Secondly, we hoped this would keep our print costs down, so we could keep our advertising costs low for small businesses. But what we’ve found over the years is readers LOVE our odd size (7X9.5); and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

VALUES – first things first, work/life flexibility, family (whatever that means to us), faith, optimism, character (zero tolerance for gossip, arrogance, condescension), humility, compassionately competitive, authenticity

CULTURE – entrepreneurial, collaborative, humble, humor, respectful, authentic, creative, competitive with our best selves

PEOPLE – We are individuals with different ideas, talents, gifts, opinions and quirks; and we celebrate our individuality by encouraging authenticity in our people. We are entrepreneurs at heart, which means each of us treats our work with a “buck-stops-here” mindset. We take responsibility for our successes and mistakes, always strive to improve our products and processes, and are unafraid of change when we discover better ways of doing things. We have lives outside of work, which motivate us to work hard, smart and efficiently.

LIVE LOCALLY – We live, work, shop, eat, play and pray in or very near the communities we serve. We are big supporters of Small Business Saturday, local farmers’ markets, elections, festivals, charities, locally-owned restaurants and boutiques… and we default to buying local whenever possible.

FAITH – We have faith in ourselves, faith in our products, faith in our customers, and faith in God (in whichever way God manifests in us).

HOPE – We have hope for a better future for ourselves, our families, our products and our customers.

CHARITY – We offer a half page ad complimentary in every magazine we publish to a local non-profit organization to promote themselves to the community.  Additionally, we hire charitable folks.

Our favorite local charities we support every year:
Child Development Association
Catholic Charities Atlanta
Children’s Charities (Milton-based)
Art of Living Ministries

TECHNOLOGY — Some of our people are better than others about using technology resources to achieve individual goals. But, collaboratively, we strive to continually update our digital publishing platforms in order to provide the absolute best print/digital integration for our advertisers.

 

We live locally. The tag-line of almost every magazine we produce is, "Live, work, shop, eat, play, pray locally." We care about the small business owners in our local communities and shop/eat close to home, whenever possible. Commit to LOCAL.

 

We not only write about the local farmers' markets, festivals and community non-profits, we LIVE it all. If you're part of the Local Life family you tend to eat at local restaurants, attend local festivals and run in local 5Ks. In North Fulton, we think there is never a good reason to go ITP (inside-the-perimeter) when we've got everything we need right here.

 

Open Positions

Publishers

Launch and own your own local magazine as an LLP licensee.  Publishers produce a local magazine in their own town as part of the Local Life family of publications. Step-by-step instructions on launching a local magazine in nine weeks, along with forms and templates needed to hit the ground running. Publishers own 100% of their magazine and may find their own vendors or use LLP vendors for design, content and accounting. 

The primary responsibility is securing enough advertising sales for the magazine in order to make a good profit each issue. Whether you sell the advertising yourself or hire salespersons, it's imperative the Publisher's focus be sales-minded.

Many Publishers are from creative backgrounds (designers, writers, photographers) or they may be excellent on the business and accounting side of things able to delegate the content of their publications. Natural salespersons tend to have the most success from the start, but anyone can publish a magazine---we can show you how!

If you are looking for a way to control your work/life balance, your career path, and your income, then launching your own LOCAL LIFE magazine may be the perfect opportunity for you! CLICK HERE for more information.

Qualifications

  • Self-starter, entrepreneur-type
  • Passionate, Creative, Smart
  • Driven to help others succeed, servant-leader
  • Experience running your own business

Associate Publishers

Are you an experienced sales professional that puts your clients’ needs before your own?  Are you a people-person that thrives in a meaningful, fast-paced environment?  Are you looking for a way to control your work/life balance, your career path, and your income? 

Associate Publishers with LLP are independent contractors who run their own businesses. Their primary responsibility is advertising sales and they are offered a commission only income stream, which grows as they grow their book of business. 

Local Life Publishing handles all the pieces of putting the publication together: printing, accounting, design, production, distribution, content, photography. Associate Publishers may hire a sales team to work with them to grow the revenue. Associate Publishers may earn equity in their magazines after the first three months.

Coordinate editorial content and offer story ideas that are pertinent to the issue months. Become the "face" of the local magazine in the market by working with community leaders to craft partnerships and sponsorships to increase magazine revenue beyond advertising sales. May launch additional products within same market (maps, guides, etc..). You run the Facebook page for your magazine, as well as post to the magazine web site.

Qualifications

  • Self-starter, entrepreneur-type
  • Sales Experience, Media sales preferred
  • Motivated, passionate, able to build a team as a servant leader

Advertising Directors

We are looking for dynamic individuals to interact with local businesses and help them market to our readers by advertising in our magazines! If you have advertising sales experience in newspaper, magazines, radio or online then we’d love to talk to you. 

We offer a flexible schedule, high commissions and a rewarding career for the right person. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@locallifepublishing.com. No phone calls, please.


Freelance Writers

We are looking for freelance writers to cover assigned topics in Roswell, Milton and Alpharetta, Canton and Gainesville, Georgia.  We pay per piece based on pre-approved word count.  We pay per piece, by word count: $50 up to 500 words, $75 up to 650 words and $100 up to 1000 words. Please send resume, cover letter and two writing samples. Email us.


Graphic Designer

We are looking for freelance graphic designers to design print display ads for small businesses on a per ad basis. Telecommute. Please send resume, cover letter and at least 2 ad design samples of your work:  Email us.


Internships

We have non-paid internships available for Summer 2017. Opportunities in sales, copy-writing, marketing and administrative work. Contact us for more information. 


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Marketing Events

Local Life Publishing is passionate about helping local businesses succeed. We GET you, because we ARE you. And, we coordinate quarterly complimentary Lunch & Learn events for our community businesses.

April 2014
“Using Social Media and Photography to Maximize your Reach”
Olde Blind Dog, Milton, Georgia
Presenters: Polly Balint of That Girl Marketing, Ashley Blencoe of Blencoe Photography, Scoop OTP’s Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp, and Jon Subacz of Subacz Media

September 2014
“How to Get Great Press for your Local Business— free!”
Union Hill Special Events Center, Canton, Georgia
Presenters: Scoop OTP’s Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp, Heather Murphy of Heather Photographers, and Regina Gulick of Local Life Publishing

March 19, 2015
“Branding 911–Spring Clean Your Bland Branding”
Humble Pie Pizza Company, Alpharetta, Georgia
Presenter: Toren Anderson of In the Loop Atlanta
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

R.S.V.P. info@intheloopatlanta.com

Click for information about our Spring 2015 presenter, Toren Anderson.

April 2015
“Branding 911–Spring Clean Your Bland Branding” #2
Foundations Social Eatery, Roswell, Georgia
Presenter: Toren Anderson of In the Loop Atlanta

September 2015
“Using Social Media to Target Local”
Mittie’s Cafe of Alpharetta
Presenter: Craig Briscoe, The Orbit Group