I've taken full advantage of the former over the years with a mixed bag of results. Until recently, my involvement in the latter was mostly restricted to actively participating in various on-line writing forums and serving as a mentor in a pitch contest or two. Earlier this year, though, a golden opportunity rolled around that I just couldn't pass up.
Recently, a new small publisher entered the ranks that focuses on my specialty, Speculative Fiction. And like a lot of new start-up publishers, they were on the hunt for volunteers willing to slog their way through the submissions slush.
Unpaid, of course--didn't bother me, I still wanted this. I've always wanted to slush read--not really sure why, I just always thought it would be cool to see things from the other side--and now, thanks to Interstellar Flight Press, that little dream of mine has come true.