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Richie Frieman

Middle Grade Fiction Writer

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Richie Frieman is an award winning and best selling author, illustrator, entrepreneur and columnist who St. Martin’s has dubbed, “4 modern day Renaissance man – an apt description for one of the most diverse and unusual careers in a young man of 35.

Born in Richmond, Virginia , Frieman was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended The Uni versity o f Maryland College Park, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Fine Arts. After graduation, Frieman dove head first into a career in the arts, immersing himself in all areas of illustration, painting, graphics, sculpture, and literature. Not content with sticking to one linear career path, Frieman launched an adventurous career, which included life as apro fessional artist, author, illustrator, inventor, clothing designer and even as an eight-year career as a professional wrestler (with the ring name, ‘The Thrill From Israel” Buster Maccabi where he earned more than a dozen titles in various federations throughout the country).

Given his propensity for music, Frieman launched The Pen’s Eye View an award-winning internet magazine on April 1, 2007. To date, PensEyeView.com has featured over 1,450 consecutive interviews with different artists, musicians, and visionaries from all over the globe, from emerging artists to Grammy winners – a different one every 48 hours. In 2008 Frieman was awarded a Laureate medal at the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program (formerly known as The Smithsonian Award), nominated by the CEOs of Research in Motion (RIM), the creators of BlackBerry. Frieman is the youngest recipient of this award, and PensEyeView.com is the smallest company to ever win this honor. That same year, Frieman earned the title of one of the 3S Under 3S: Finest Young Professionals in Baltimore.

In 2010, Macmillan Publishing tapped Frieman to become Modern Manners Guy – the host of a humorous weekly column and podcast about manners and etiquette on the Quick and Dirty Tips network. With over 9 million podcast downloads in over 200 countries, Frieman’s show is ranked as one of the top educational podcasts on iTunes. Based on the success of Modern Manners Guy, St. Martin’s Press commissioned Modern Manners Guy Frieman to write a book about professional etiquette in the office place.

The result is, “Repl}!_All… And Other Ways to Tank Your Career” which is now available worldwide, on the shelves of all major booksellers, in print, ebook, and audio formats. REPLY ALL…” features Frieman’s unique and humorous insight about manners in the work place, along with interviews he conducted with some of the world ‘s most famous CEOs, entrepreneurs and industry tastemakers, about their own experiences working their way up the corporate ladder. He holds back no punches and always tells it how it should be said.

“REPLY ALL…” debuted on September 17, 2013 and has since become an Amazon.com BEST SELLER, reaching #1 in three different categories; #1 in Business Etiquette (its main market), #1 in Business Lifestyle and #1 Self-Help & Psychology Humor (even surpassing “Dilbert·: “Anchorman” , “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” and “The LastLecture”). Interestingly enough, he’s actually one of the – if not the­ youngest person in the manners and etiquette book categories to become a best seller. As well, remains one of the youngest authors overall on Amazon’s BestSeller’s List.

Frieman’s literary success is not just in the world of manners and etiquette. Since becoming a father in 2008, Frieman delved into a career that had been a long time wish and passion for him. He couldn’t find a children’s book that would teach his daughter the important life lessons he wished to impart, so he wrote it himself. The result, Terple – TheSky Is Just TheStart”, was named a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards National Book Awards. The follow up in the series, “Terple – Always Dream Bigger is the winner of The 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for Best Poetry and Rhyme Book, aswell as of the 2012 Children ‘s Literary Classics for Best First Picture Book/Early Reader. Again, Frieman remains the youngest winner in the award’s history. Frieman’s most recent literary project, is a far jump from his childrens and business books. In late 2014, his debut romance novel, Where The Heart Left Off was released, making him a fresh new face in the romance genre.

In 2010, Frieman’s entrepreneurial streak was again sparked when he launched Collar Keeps, his invention that was created to fix flat, flared collars on dress shirts. In 2012, Frieman’s love for fashion was given light with his creation of Charm City Babies a vintage rock n’ roll and pop-culture inspired children’s clothing line featuring onesies, toddler tees, and toddler sweatshirts. The backbone of Charm City Babies is its philanthropic work. For every item sold through their online store, the company donates one item to a child in need. Since its launch, Charm City Babies has donated clothing across the world, from Baltimore to Africa. Visit CharmCityBabies .com for more. As well, in 2013, Frieman Co-Founded Newfoundland Woods, a high-end home decor manufacturer creating one of kind, handmade products from 100% salvaged and reclaimed wood, inspired by both land and sea.

Frieman success has landed him on media outlets across the globe, appearing live on numerous radio and TV shows , including MSBNC and FOX News Entertainment. His advice has been featured in The Wall Streetjoumal, Forbes Magazine, Fast Com pany, USA Today, US News & World Report, Fox Business News, Huffington Post, FHM, Publishers Week{y, Parade, Sharp Magazine, Shape Magazine, HOW, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore’s Child, The Daily Journal, Baltimore Examiner, and The Jewish Times, just to name a few.

Frieman currently lives in Owings Mills, Maryland with his beautiful wife Jamie, their amazing daughter Maddy, handsome son, Cole and an incredibly hyper Beagle named Camden.

For more information on Richie Frieman, please visit: www.RichieFrieman.com and on Twitter @RichieFrieman and @MannersQDT