Last night I submitted a story to a market to which I've never previously submitted and received an e-mail in return asking how I'd learned about it.
I replied that two former editors--editors of now-defunct magazines that had published several of my stories--had mentioned the publisher and that both of the former editors had since had work released by that publisher.
This morning I woke to an e-mail that said, in part, "I'll read it and let you know the outcome..but [editor's name redacted] already gave you a thumbs up!!!"
Maybe this story will sell. Even if it doesn't, a door has been opened into a new market, and I owe the opportunity to former editors.
And any editor that gives me a three-exclamation-point thumbs-up to another editor is aces in my book.