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What’s the Buzz?

Posted on May 4, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in Buzzy Mag

In my search for paying markets I came across Their tag line is “Literary stimulation for Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror fans,” and they are currently accepting submissions. 

The following is a direct snippet from their web page.


“Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome. In addition, we are interested in pieces that may be able to be developed into full length novels for publication by Buzzy Multimedia at a future date.”

Payment is 5 cents USD per word.

Buzzy Mag offers something else that drew my attention: Beta reading groups that offer critiques. I’ve not heard of other publishers doing this, so to me it is a unique concept. From the Buzzy Mag submissions page:

“If we feel your work is a good fit for Buzzy Mag we will contact you via email. At that time we will assign you to a Beta reading group consisting of two or three other authors. There your work will be read by two other beta-readers who will give you feed-back and criticism. You will be expected to do likewise for each of them in return. After the beta reading process is completed, and if we accept your story, we will send a contract to you for signing. (about our beta reading process) Once we receive your signed contract, your work will proceed over to our professional editors.”

Interesting, huh? Have you seen this anywhere else? It occurs to me that if they like your work well enough to include you in their Beta group, even if you aren’t accepted for publication you still receive the benefit of an independent critique of your work. Talk about a win-win situation!

For completion submission guidelines, please visit this link:  BUZZY MAG has been added to my WRITERS – Tools page (see the tab under the blog header.)

(OOPS — late posting correction:  I’ve added it to the WRITERS – Paying Markets page (tab under blog header). Sorry for the confusion!  But I hope you’ll check out the Writers – Tools page, as well.  Lots of helpful links!)

If you opt to submit to this market, I’d love to hear about your experience with the Beta reading group. Also, if you know of other markets that employ this model, please share that information as well.

See you for Book Blurb Friday!


18 Responses to "What’s the Buzz?"

  1. Comment by Ellie
    May 4, 2011 at 5:29 am  

    Interesting. I've never seen a mag that's done the beta-reader/critique thing before. Thanks for the heads-up!Ellie Garratt

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 4, 2011 at 5:57 am  

    Ellie – If you give them a try, please share your experience. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    May 4, 2011 at 6:02 am  

    Lisa, this sounds like an interesting writers and networking tool. I'd love to hear more although I'm not a fiction writer, I'm just curious! I just clicked on your writers' tools link – wow! I'm going to check out Lisa Gardner's link, I love her books!best wishesGrace

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 4, 2011 at 6:28 am  

    Lisa, you are so kind and generous. Alas, I don't write sci-fi but my husband would read every word if I did.

  5. Comment by Arkansas Patti
    May 4, 2011 at 7:07 am  

    That is a really helpful idea. One I hope other genres take up. Guess I need to hit your writers' tools link. Thanks.

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 4, 2011 at 7:29 am  

    Oops! I totally goofed. Buzzy Mag won't be in Writers' Tools — it will be in Paying Markets. I'll fix the post as soon as I'm able. Sorry for the wrong turn!

  7. Comment by Jules
    May 4, 2011 at 8:09 am  

    I just stopped by to say "Good Morning" and to get a buzz, thanks. 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. Comment by BECKY
    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am  

    Thanks, Lisa. I don't "do" any of those, but I have a friend who does, and I will alert him to it!

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    May 4, 2011 at 8:49 am  

    This actually sounds like something you'd enjoy writing, Lisa. Are thinking of giving it a try? You've read enough Stephen King to know what you're doing! I'd be interested in hearing people's experiences with this idea!

  10. Comment by Ricardo Miñana
    May 4, 2011 at 8:57 am  

    A thoughtful post Lisa, a pleasure to read you,I will again, because for some google server failure is erased all links that I had in my blog, excuse the have a nice week.a hug.

  11. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    May 4, 2011 at 11:47 am  

    Thanks, Lisa! Don't know if I will get that far, but I really appreciate the news and your pages of tools.Hope you have a wonderful day!Kathy

  12. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    May 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm  

    Great link Lisa.

  13. Comment by Susan Fobes
    May 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm  

    I haven't got the guts to try this kind of thing yet, but it's good to know. Thanks Lisa!

  14. Comment by Lynn
    May 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm  

    This would be great if I wrote Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror! LOL.

  15. Comment by Sioux
    May 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm  

    Debra Mayhew's comment got me thinkin'. We ALL have read enough Stephen King to at least dip our toes in the waters of horror. Who knows? We might find we like it and are good at it.

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm  

    Grace – I'm a Lisa Gardner fan, too, and her info for writers is one of the best resources I've found to date. Let me know what you think.Linda – I bet if you tried your hand at it you'd excel, but I understand sticking to what you like!Patti – It seems a unique idea to me, and a good one.Becky – Thanks. You're a thoughtful lady!Deb – I have fun writing horror, but I'm careful what I read…it scares me! LOLRicardo – Thanks for coming back. Hope to see you again!Kathy – Thank you!Laraine – Thanks for commenting. Hope you find it helpful.Susan – Well, keep it in the back of your mind. You never know what you might need it!Lynn – Obermoeller can do anything. :)Sioux – That's the spirit! Give it a try. You might like it. I love writing horror, though I wouldn't say it's my best genre. Reading it now…I have to be careful. My imagination is too BIG and I end up shaking in my boots.

  17. Comment by irishoma
    May 5, 2011 at 10:35 am  

    Hi Lisa,Thanks for posting this. I don't write this genre and never heard of this market. The critique group option sounds great, too.Donna

  18. Comment by Karen Lange
    May 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm  

    Thanks for the link. I haven't heard of this one, so will check it out. If I don't talk to you between now and Mother's Day, have a happy one! 🙂 Karen

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