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Interview with Robert S. Friedman

  • Broadcast in Spirituality
Marie Levit

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Robert S. Friedman, the founder of Rainbow Ridge, founded his first publishig company in 1974. The Donning Company/ Publishers published a variety of books, including over 400 pictorial histories of counties, cities, and states. Robert and Frank DeMarco founded Hampton Roads Publishing Company in 1989, and the company's book publishing program focused on cutting-edge books with a self-help or non-traditional spiritual orientation, publishing over 800 books in eighteen years. Among early bestsellers were books by author Mary Summer Rain. Later successes included the trilogy of Conversations with God books by Neale Donald Walsch, all of which became New York Times bestselling books. Book 1 was on the list for 132 weeks. And he acquired bestselling books such as Lynn Grabhorn's Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting, which has sold over 600,000 copies; Barbel Mohr’s The Cosmic Ordering Service series; Richard Bach’s Messiah’s Handbook and Hypnotizing Maria; George Beahm’s Muggles and Magic; and many others. He is the co-author, with Eckhart Tolle, of a children’s book entitled Milton’s Secret: An Adventure of Discovery Through Then, When, and The Power of Now. Recently retired from Hampton Roads, he has recently begun a new publishing venture called Rainbow Ridge Books, LLC. He is also co-producing a documentary film with Neale Donald Walsch entitled iGOD, and now lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.