Imagine a new life and business opportunity in the place where sky, rivers and mountains merge—sustaining life, including yours. No 9-to-5 routine, but a life of creativity, flexibility, and mobility every month of the year.
For 20 years, I have had that privilege.
With your permission, I offer you that same opportunity, not merely a business, but a reality you can live—the reality I have lived—and the practical means to do so.
Not Just a Job, an Adventure.
The Montana Pioneer began publishing decades ago, in 1988, and is now for sale. I have been the owner, editor, publisher, and bottle washer since 1995, and I now feel the time has come for me to step aside. I would like some bright new soul to have a chance to enjoy this fulfilling lifestyle and enriching experience.
Montana Pioneer Publishing could be called a business opportunity, but how does that describe what has been a dream job for 20 years? How many people in this world get to do what they love, and make money doing it? A small percentage of humanity is the answer. And how many get to do it in a place like Montana? So this “business opportunity” is something unique and special, if I may say.
As the publisher, David S. Lewis, I run this marvelous enterprise, from an office in my house, in Livingston, Montana, an hour’s drive from scenic Yellowstone National Park. I do so with the help of a few free lancers, investing just 65 to 75 hours a month of my time.
The best part of this, is that I do what I love—dreaming, writing, editing, creating stories, allowing people (loyal readers) to think and dream themselves. This publication, this business, unlike many others, amounts to an extension of the human imagination, mine at the moment, and I can teach you how to use your own, all your sense of wonder about life and people, to make a living in this wonderful place called Montana, and have a great time doing it. If you choose to, you can have an occupation, own a growing asset, and have a really great, enjoyable and relaxing life at the same time—not just working but living in this beautiful place.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. … I am haunted by waters.
—Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
Allow me to tell you what I do, how I do it, and how you can do it, too—how you can have the same kind of lifestyle that I have had for 20 years, while making a good living with great potential for financial growth (if that’s your goal).
Working an average of only 5 hours a day, for 2 weeks out of the month, I publish the very popular monthly called The Montana Pioneer, hard copy and online. Since 1988, “we” have been publishing incredible stories involving incredible people and events that have crossed our path.
The beauty of this business, and this lifestyle, is that the publisher can work at a leisurely pace, at home. I begin work or knock off when I feel like it, using my imagination and our reliable 27-year client base, to whom I owe a sincere debt of gratitude. I can make a nice living doing this, and still have lots of free time and flexibility for other things that I enjoy. And, here, in Montana, the Last Best Place, there are plenty of things to enjoy (more on that later).
I also have time for travel, for example. And I do travel, often using those trips for editorial inspiration, or just relaxing on a beach on some remote coast, most recently on Tambobo Bay, on the island of Negros, in the Philippines. Without breaking a sweat, I can get away for 7 to 14 days any month of the year (even longer now with remote technology), and I have done just that many times.
I can publish in a particular month, and in that same month spend a full week on the beach in Mexico (2014); 11 days in the south of France (2006); or 12 days in Bali (2005), and just recently 11 days in the Philippines and 9 days on the Sea of Cortez. Other less glamorous trips have included east coast destinations for 10 to 14 days, New York City, South Jersey, the Carolina Coast, and Florida (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014). Close by, more over, many adventures await in Montana, my backyard, the greater Yellowstone area—skiing all winter long, hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, or star gazing under the Big Sky.
Enjoy soaking in the Boiling River, a hot springs just inside Yellowstone (not far from my house), or getting on the majestic and inspiring wilderness trails that make this one of the best places to live in the world. And if you ski, flyfish, kayak, or float rivers, this is the place to live. Livingston, Montana, by the way, where we are located, and the nearby Gallatin River, were shooting locations for A River Runs Through It, the iconic flyfishing film starring Brad Pitt, and The Horse Whisperer, both Robert Redford films. And we interviewed Redford, by the way, on the Gallatin River as he was filming A River Runs Through It. Producer Patrick Markey, too, subsequently, on a few occasions.
I don’t know about you, but living and working in Paradise, with plenty of free time, sure beats working 9 to 5, five days a week, in a cubicle with someone looking over my shoulder, just to have free time on weekends in some overcrowded and noisy city. That’s not an acceptable or healthy lifestyle for many of us anymore. Where’s the fun, the fresh air, the creativity, the experience of the natural world, the freedom, the mobility?
That 9 to 5 routine is not the life I lead—and it doesn’t have to be the life you lead either.
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t easy getting to this level, building a 27-year client base, refining the process of publishing so that it flows smoothly and easily. And it didn’t happen overnight. When I began, I put in many more hours and days per month. I started much earlier in the morning, and earlier each month. I often worked day and night into the wee hours, and dealt with plenty of stress. I worried about how I was going to survive, financially, and in the process watched numerous “competitors” come and go, publishers who thought they could hang on and make it work here. Instead, they went out of business, lost their investments—and we remained, thank goodness, because of a lot of hard work and know how.
Now, at this point, the business runs itself, thanks to our reliable client base, and a gentle hand at the helm, provided imagination runs free and the ability to use it effectively. That can be a natural byproduct of living in Montana—the challenge is channeling that imagination into publishing, which I will show you how to do.
This message would not be complete without citing some of the notable stories and interviews we have published in The Montana Pioneer, sometimes by stumbling upon fascinating people in local watering holes (everybody who’s anybody visits here), on the street, because Montana is that kind of place, or through acquaintances and friends. And I’ll soon get to that. But first let me say that Montana is indeed a friendly place, laid back, relaxed, unpretentious, where “ordinary” people mix with “extra ordinary” people as a way of life. Just a few days ago, for example, I spent an hour or so at the Murray Bar in Livingston with a very notable actor, a movie star, who lives here, and was recently nominated for an Academy Award. Out here, he can let down and be himself, just one of the guys, have a beer with flyfishing guides, work-a-day folks like me, and maybe an occasional rodeo clown or bull rider. The famous actor is a Pirates fan (we’re both from Pennsylvania), the game was on TV, and it was a good time talking baseball and swapping stories.
Those kind of encounters happen here, and can lead to great exchanges and potential interviews.
We have, for example, published interviews with Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges, Peter Fonda, Anthony Bourdain, Jeff Daniels, Benico Del Toro, David Morse, Margot Kidder, the late Steve McQueen’s wife Barbara Minty McQueen (Steve loved Livingston), rock star Bill Payne (Little Feat, Pink Floyd), Country Music legend Vince Gill, writers Tom McGuane and Walter Kirn (who wrote Up in the Air, starring George Clooney), movie producer Patrick Markey (A River Runs Through It, Horse Whisperer), Mountaineer Conrad Anker, Ted Turner, and then notorious White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel (an “interview” that lasted 10 seconds, but a story that made the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today). We also, of course, have interviewed Montana political figures—Governors, Senators, Congressmen. They are happy to talk to us, usually. We even published an email interview with then Presidential candidate Barack Obama (honest), and then a personal interview with Rob O’Neill (see above), the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden.
Perhaps as notable as any story we ever published was our interview with a Yellowstone National Park whistleblower that brought about two federal investigations, and that garnered an invitation for the whistleblower to testify before the United States Congress, where our story was specifically discussed in Congressional hearings. The whistleblower, by the way, lives nearby, and he sought us out, so that he could expose wrongdoing in the National Park Service.
We have also interviewed notable Native American activists like Sitting Bull’s great grandson and Leonard Peltier (from his prison cell). And these are just some of the high profile interviewees whose names you may know. The “ordinary” people we get to meet here, and talk to, are perhaps even more interesting, like our neighbors, the 90-year-old twins, the fellow whose 40 acres are overrun with buffalo, and then … well, we should probably maintain a few trade secrets. And those trade secrets, along with our loyal client list, have contributed enormously to our success. These professional insights, I will share with you, my successor, when the time comes, when you decide to follow your dream and take the reins.
I can teach you how to live this dream, how to publish using the power of imagination, while availing yourself of this publication’s ready cash flow. It is not as difficult as it might sound (for me it is easy, touch wood), though it will take some coaching, training, and patience, which I am willing to provide to the right person.
In 3 months, I can teach you how to publish The Montana Pioneer, working with you side by side, showing you the ropes, and revealing the key ingredients that keep this publication profitable, in demand, and fascinating (we hope). And I can be available, after those 3 months, to help or advise as needed, smoothing not only the transition but the way forward so that you need not worry. Would be hard to say goodbye too quickly, you see, this endeavor being as a dear child to me.
—After all, I’ve been doing this for 20 years. It’s not like I could instantly step away without making sure the torch was successfully passed. And we have writers willing and able to provide content, who will turn your ideas (and mine, if you like) into stories that you can run on The Montana Pioneer‘s bold cover, and online. Or write those stories yourself, some or all, save the expense, and keep extra thousands of dollars a year in your own pocket.
So, after 20 years of publishing, I’m ready for a change, ready to turn this wonderful business, this labor of love, over to someone new. I will train that person, teach them everything I know, show him or her the formula for publishing and writing success that has worked so well, that makes money, that provides cash flow, and the means by which it is done quickly and efficiently, so as to leave time for enjoying life.
Or, and this is important, you can work more hours than I do presently, even full time if you like, because there is a wealth of untapped potential in revenue available right now. Cash flow can in fact be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled (honestly), depending on your goals, and I can show you how to do that. This is not talk, I have looked at it, and it is entirely doable. You could turn that potential into serious wealth, if you like … or enjoy wealth of another kind—the life I have come to know.
If you are interested in acquiring The Montana Pioneer, and living this dream, contact me, David Samuel Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sale of the business, for $259,000, requires a qualified buyer.
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