Wow – Kathy Temean did a great job with presenting me on her BLOG (http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/illustrator-saturday-tory-novikova/). She’s the Regional Advisor in New Jersey for SCBWI (Society of Children’s book Writers and Illustrators). I met her during one of the networking dinners held in NYC for the NJ chapter – which was a great experience for meeting people in a private setting.
I personally preferred it to the SCBWI Winter Conference because it enabled a more private conversation between the participants and editors/agents to actually interact without being afraid of encroaching on someone’s time. It’s something you have to pay to attend, much like most functions held for illustrators these days (*grumble*) but still worth the money. I encourage everyone interested in Children’s illustration/writing to participate in one of these dinners.