I've applied to participate in projects, contacted publications trying to get my work included and contacted people that I know peripherally in the hopes of making things happen. Here's the thing--it seems like it works. It's the whole "ask and you shall receive." If you never ask the question or put yourself out there, how would anyone know what your interested in or that you're available? I have to say though, email makes all of this a lot easier. It's much easier to send off a quick email to someone you sort of know than to call them. Maybe it's cheating, but it's pretty standard for our times.
I'm still not sure I can go to a conference and network but maybe that will be my next challenge!