To Submit a Home for Consideration If you’d like us to consider featuring your home in the magazine, please send us snapshots of the home and all its key rooms. We’ll want to see photos of the exterior, the kitchen, the master bedroom and bath, the great room, and any other key rooms or unusual features (architectural elements, furnishings, landscaping, etc.) that you think make your home special. Please send the items to the address below. We will review your snapshots and respond within one month.
Home Buyer Publications–Log and Timber Group
Attn: Assistant Editor
4125 Lafayette Center Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
We strongly recommend that you review our magazines for style and content. Photographs not meeting the minimum standards described in these guidelines generally reflect poorly on the log home producer and therefore are better not used. We review all photographs submitted and select those that are technically flawless. We appreciate your investment in your photos, and we’re pleased to have an opportunity to view them.
Log Home Living publishes more than 500 color photographs of log homes annually. There are essentially two ways we use photographs:
To adequately lay out a feature article, we need a minimum of 12 photos of the exterior and interior of the home. These must include views of all major rooms. Close-up shots of such details as roof trusses, log stairs, railings, dormers, porches, and window and door treatments are also appreciated.
A full complement of views is recommended, including horizontal and vertical formats, close-ups, and distant shots from various angles and of various elevations, front, back and sides. Exterior shots must be well framed and present the home attractively in the context of its setting and landscaping.
We also recommend that you include a black-and-white print of the floorplan, no larger than 12-by-15 inches so we can quickly see the relationship between rooms.
We prefer to see 4-by-5-inch format color transparencies or Kodachrome or Ektachrome color slides, although smaller color transparencies and 35 mm color prints are also acceptable.
We will treat photographs with care, but we cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage while they are in our possession. We recommend that you carefully pack all photos and transparencies between cardboard and mail in a sturdy envelope taped on all four sides.
Each photograph must be individually identified with owner’s full name and address. Please do not write with pen, pencil, or marker on the photos. Ink may bleed onto other photos. Pencil marks often show through to the image-side of a print. Tape an address label or business card to the back of each photo.
We always need publication-quality photos, so we keep all photos we don’t use immediately on hand for possible use in future editions of our magazine. Unless we have your photos, we cannot consider using them; in other words, “out of sight, out of mind.” If you want your photos returned after we look at them, please specify this in your cover letter.
Style and Content Suggestions
Following are suggestions that will help you better understand what we look for in a photo shoot:
Less is better when it comes to home decorations. Too many objects in a shot overwhelm, preventing readers from getting a true sense of the homes. Please pare back as needed. For example, if you’re shooting a dining room with a table for 12, we’d rather see two glasses, some cheese and a bottle of wine, than 12 place-settings and a centerpiece. And if you’re shooting a den, we’d rather see a half-full bookcase and a few tchotchkes than shelves, walls and every available horizontal surface covered.
Log Home Living is a monthly magazine for people who own or are planning to build contemporary log homes. It is devoted almost exclusively to modern manufactured and handcrafted kit log homes. Our interest in historical or nostalgic stories of very old log cabins, reconstructed log homes, or one-of-a-kind owner-built homes is secondary and should be queried first.
Our audience is primarily composed of married couples between 30 and 45 years old. They are generally well-educated and very individualistic do-it-yourselfers.
Log Home Living welcomes new talent and strives to develop long-term relationships with those contributors who consistently deliver quality work. We buy four to six bylined feature articles of 1,500 to 2,000 words per issue. These articles should reflect readers’ lifestyles and interest in log homes as follows:
Log Home Owner Profiles. Articles about people who have built modern log homes from manufactured or handcrafted kits. In a conversational tone, describe the home as it is and tell how it came to be. Emphasize the elements that make this home special: intent, design, solutions to problems, features, furnishings, interior design and landscaping. Every story must include scouting photos if applicable. Floorplans of the completed home, construction costs and schedules are a plus.
We will read unsolicited manuscripts but prefer an outline or a detailed query letter first. We accept submissions via mail or e-mail. E-mailed documents should be sent as Word attachments or within the body of the message. E-mail manuscripts and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Editor, Log Home Living, 4125 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly VA 20151. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.
If you are submitting an unsolicited manuscript or a query, it always helps for the editors to see scouting shots of the home you would like us to consider for a feature story. Please submit color snapshots of the interior and exterior.
Log Home Living requires its freelance writers to sign a contract with every feature story we accept. The writer’s contract spells out what we can expect from our writers and what our writers can expect from us if a story is accepted for publication in the magazine. It provides basic protection for both parties if disputes should arise over payment, usage, etc.
Payment & Rights
Payment for features ranges depending on length, nature of the work and writer’s expertise on the subject matter. We acknowledge receipt of submissions immediately and try to provide an editor’s response within 30 days. Payment is made within 30 days of acceptance.
If we determine that a submitted article requires substantial rewriting, we will pay a $100 research fee for the information supplied. If we decide not to use an assigned accepted article, we will pay a $100 kill fee.
Rights & Conditions
Log Home Living buys first North American rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. Upon publication, authors will receive two complimentary copies of the issue with their work. We cannot accept responsibility for the personal safety or property of any freelancer while on assignment for the magazine. Writers and photographers are urged to have their own insurance while on assignment. We assume that all contributed manuscripts are original and that all facts and quotes have been verified. Articles that have been published or submitted elsewhere must be so identified; in such cases, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to reprint previously published materials prior to submission to Log Home Living.
Reasonable expenses will be covered, provided that travel plans and all anticipated costs are discussed beforehand with the editor. A complete expense report, including receipts for all claims, should accompany the contributor’s work. Expense reimbursement is made with payment for an accepted article.
If you would like a sample copy of Log Home Living magazine, please send your check or money order for $4.00 to HBPI, Attn: Sample Copy, 4125 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 100, Chantilly VA 20151.