I recently attended the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference in Rocklin and received best in show. An art director from Candlewick, Kristen Nobles, and an editor from Lerner, Mary Rodgers, each selected three portfolios that they felt represented the best work of the artists in attendance, and I was the only artist on both lists!
Since I've spent more than a year preparing my portfolio with kid friendly material, though I've had excellent feedback from peers, I've had none from anyone directly involved in the Children's book industry, so it was gratifying to hear that I was on the right track, and I received some excellent advice for future submissions. It was a great show, with a number of excellent speakers and I feel fortunate to have attended. I learned a lot.