Behind the Scenes with Sales Manager Jonathan Strickland

Black Rabbit Bolt Books

Today, please meet Jonathan Strickland, our fearless sales manager who lets the world know about the awesome books we have. Jonathan has a penchant for deep analysis, great conversation, and overuse of ellipses.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: I am without a doubt Alice's white rabbit … running, time obsessed, and, well, myopic! I love what I love; I likely didn't see what I didn't see.

Q: What was your favorite thing about school as a kid?
A: School was always a playground, and while I grew from concrete playground to library bookworm … moving parallel to my fancy and imagination is my key to good living. I loved my good teachers; got in lots of trouble with my bad teachers … my parents were kind but didn't understand (as my collection of report cards suggests).

Q: What do you do at Black Rabbit Books?
A: I take the BRB team's books on the road and am the first person to see the joy in the consumer's face as they "dig in." What a great job!

Q: What inspires you to make children's books?
A: I do believe that I am a grown man with a 12-year-old's brain. What makes a kid happy makes me happy … And as I move with a smile through every day, I hope our books bring smiles of accomplishment and joy within students … to whom, ultimately, we will hand over the reins. It's my mission, our mission, to have happy kids and smart kids.