I just got an e-mail from an editorial person at a very decent press (not Oxford or Cambridge decent, but they publish a lot in my subfield), asking me if I had time to meet with hir at Kalamazoo about any publishing projects I might have.
Obviously such a meeting wouldn't guarantee anything, and certainly wouldn't eliminate the need to, oh, WRITE A BOOK MANUSCRIPT, but still, I can't help but think, Where were you last year??*
*Okay, honestly? I don't think this. Obviously publishing is my responsibility, and nothing was stopping me from contacting publishers myself prior to this, if I'd felt in a position to shop the manuscript around. Still, the timing amuses me. And it's amazing how difficult it is to write back and say, Sorry, I'm leaving the field. Not because I'm reluctant to tell people, but it's amazing how deeply-rooted the academic instinct that says OOOH! POSSIBLE PUBLICATION!! has become.