RICK BLEIWEISS’S life has been as fascinating as his novels!
RICK BLEIWEISS is an award-winning author, publishing executive, music producer, rock musician, record company senior executive and educator.
Prior to moving to Ashland, Oregon in 2003, Rick spent his life in New York City in the music industry. He was a rock performer & songwriter, produced over 50 records, including a Grammy-nominated album, and was a senior executive at major and independent record companies helping to launch the careers of Melissa Etheridge and the Backstreet Boys. He also worked on the records of Kiss, U2, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and many other superstars, and specialized in marketing and selling major film soundtracks, including the first three Star Wars films, Saturday Night Fever, and Grease to name a few.
He has lectured at multiple universities on the business of entertainment and co-founded a sports & entertainment marketing program at Baruch College.
Writing under a pen name, he wrote a book that was a #1 eBook in Politics and Humor on Kindle, won the New Apple Literary Society award as the best independently published Short General Fiction eBook of 2016, and received a Readers Favorites award.
Rick has written articles for magazines and newspapers, contributed stories to a number of anthologies and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
Since 2006 Rick has been an executive at Blackstone Audio where he has acquired works by many incredible authors including James Clavell, Leon Uris, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HP Lovecraft, Pablo Neruda, Isabelle Allende, Rex Pickett, PC & Kristin Cast, Catherine Coulter, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and co-created a book/audiobook series to preserve the wisdom, humor, stories and life experiences of First Nation elders.
Rick has a B.A. in Film and an M.A. in Communications from New York University, and completed an accelerated business leadership program at Harvard University.
A Man Of Many Hats:
Rick’s unique career and life included being a touring/recording musician, recorded songwriter, music producer (including a Grammy nominated album), record company senior executive, running video and recording studios, a convention speaker, lecturer at multiple universities, co-founder of a sports & entertainment marketing program at Baruch College, award-winning author, columnist, journalist, political writer, publishing executive, owner of mail order companies, social activist, and a humanitarian.
September 28th, 2021: Rick has been invited to participate in a virtual panel for the "New Voices, New Rooms: Opening Doors" Fall Conference co-hosted by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) and the North Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA).
October 4th, 2021: Rick has been invited to be a featured author at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show in Portland.
Rick launched his YouTube channel, Rick Bleiweiss. Visit it to see his Chapter & Verse interview show talking with bestselling authors and other literary professionals as well as videos about Rick and his life.
Check out Rick's interview with Thriller Talk:
Check out Rick's Kill Zone blog interview: