Happy Birthday, Stephen!

Help us cheer up Stephen Williams, Marketing Manager at Red Lightning Books, for his birthday! Stephen isn't too happy about getting a year older, but he did ask for one thing for his birthday to cheer him up — he wants us to share his favorite book. We're pulling out all the stops and providing you an advance copy giveaway for Stephen's favorite book, A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps: A Sportswriter's Memoir before its release on April 28, 2020. 

Happy Birthday, Stephen! 

Q: How did you get into publishing, Stephen?

A: Rather randomly. I applied for a job in the newspaper for an office manager. I don’t even remember if it said it was for a publishing company or not. When I arrived for the interview, and they mentioned that they were a publishing house, I thought “awesome, I love books.” That was in 2002, and I’ve worked in publishing ever since. 


Q: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you during your time in publishing?

A: I once had to drive $500,000 worth of paintings in my truck that probably wasn’t worth $500. We were working on a children’s book by Paul Goble, and the original artwork was on loan from the South Dakota State Museum. When we returned it to the museum, I had to drive all the packages over to the local Fed-Ex office. The whole way over I kept thinking “how am I going to explain this to my insurance agent if I get in an accident?” Fortunately, I didn’t.


Q: What is your favorite thing about working for RLB?

A: The variety of books that I get to work on. RLB does such a cool range of titles on a host of different subjects that you never know what the next season is going to bring. Sitting at the “first look” meeting is always very exciting as you never know what might be coming up on the list. Plus I get to work with a bunch of really cool, talented people every day.

Stephen's current favorite book is A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps: A Sportswriter's Memoir by Diane K. Shah. He loves the funny anecdotes recounted by Shah and all of the insider information about working as a female sports columnist in the 60s and 70s.

And don't forget to enter below for a chance to win a copy. Contest ends April 15, 2020!