The writing conference that Kimmy and I both attended was sponsored by a group I belong to, the Liberty States Writers. Because it wasn't too overbooked, some of the workshops were very informal and cozy, and writers could be up close and personal with some of the workshop leaders.
I attended a small one given by Angela James, the editor over at Carina Press, Harlequin's e-division, and we all just chatted about digital publishing.
And this was the result: http://carinapress.com/blog/
Needless to say, I'm thrilled. All because of an offhand comment.
So when you're around publishing professionals remember Janet Reid's advice: Be ready, be reachable, be brave, and be polite! Sometimes it pays off.