Jon Fried has published short stories in many journals and zines, plus features on New Jersey culture in The New York Times. He wrote and recorded many songs for the Cucumbers, a band he co-founded with Deena Shoshkes. He is collecting his stories in three guide books, Transcendent Guide to Corporate America (which features stories about the working world), Useless Guide to Modern Romance and Guide for the Unguidable. He is also at work on a set of historical novels based on some of the colorful characters in his family tree. He lives in New Jersey with Deena, his wife, with whom he raised two sons.

Transcendent Guide to Corporate America won an honorable mention (third place) in the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Contest. One of the stories in Guide for the Unguidable won the 2017 Writers@Work Writing Competition for fiction.