#50 Illustrated Book Gets a Digital Upgrade – with J.B. Rivard


Did you ever read Alice in Wonderland or Winnie the Pooh as a kid? author-quotes-2

Remember those beautiful pen-and-ink drawings that lovingly illustrated the stories?

Have you ever wondered what happened to that style of illustrated books?

Today we’re talking with ­­­­­­­­­­J.B. Rivard and he is bringing back the pen-and-ink illustrations with his book Illusions of Magic—a story of love and intrigue in 1933 Chicago.

As a young child, J.B. Rivard began drawing by copying newspaper comics. In his teens, he drew illustrations for his high school’s award-winning yearbook.

He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and his art has appeared in more than fifty juried exhibitions, earning many prizes and awards. He’s an artist-member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City.

He’s joined today by his wife Anya Carlson who was an important partner in the publishing and marketing phases of this book.

Learn more: http://www.illusionsofmagic.com/


  • Which came first—the story or the illustrations?
  • When a book takes nearly a decade to complete—how do you know when it’s actually done?
  • Why he decided to go digital with his illustrated book
  • How JB creatively attracts reviewers with his “99 Club”
  • How to use the byproducts of your work for marketing






J.B.’s website: Illusions of Magic

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J.B.’s Book: