We love to hear your feedback

Just a reminder that there’s lots of ways to provide your feedback on Alt Hist – especially if you have purchased a copy of issue 1. Please let me know which stories you liked or didn’t like and why. Also if there’s anything you would like us to think about changing such as the format of the magazine, then please leave a comment.

You can rate and leave comments at various places as well as this blog. For instance our distributors Lulu, Smashwords and Amazon US and Amazon UK all allow readers to rate and review.

It would be great to hear from you – especially with Issue 2 currently in the works. We also have a few stories already accepted for Issue 3, so hopefully that won’t be too far off either.

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Submitting Book Reviews to Alt Hist

Just a reminder that Alt Hist also accepts non-fiction related to historical fiction and alternate history. In particular this could include book reviews. I am quite keen that we start publishing some of these so if you fancy reviewing some new releases then please get in touch. I would recommend that you take a look at what is coming out in the next few months and then let me know what you would be interested in reviewing. You should then be able to contact the appropriate publisher and ask them to send you a review copy – just let them know that you plan to be reviewing the book for Alt Hist and I’m sure they will be happy to send you a copy – publishers are very interested in getting new books as much publicity as possible.

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New Novel Explores the Dark Ages: Review Copy Available

I was recently contacted about a new book coming out about the Dark Ages. The publisher is offering a review copy of the book. If you are interested in getting hold of the review copy and writing a review of it for Alt Hist then please contact the publisher at the address below, and also let me know that you intend to review for Alt Hist at althist.editor@gmail.com. You will need to submit your review through our Submissions website. Please note that your review will be subject to editorial approval: i.e. I don’t care if you like the book or not, but your review must be well written!

Here are some details about the book:

Discovering Roman ruins in his field led Cheshire author R.W. Hughes, to write his first novel, Aurthora

Cheshire-based author, R. W. Hughes, was inspired to write his first novel Aurthora  after discovering the remains of a Roman checkpoint in the corner of his field! The checkpoint was alongside the old salt road that ran from the mines in Borthwich and over the Pennines to the rest of Britain.

”It was at the checkpoint in our field that Roman soldiers would inspect that all the loads of salt has been stamped and approved by the local Governor to show they had paid their taxes,”  says Rod.  ”Imagining the Romans who had used the route set me thinking about what happened to Britain, and specifically this area, after they left. After doing lots of research, my first novel was born! ”

Hughes  novel, Aurthora, is based on the legendary British warrior. It takes place in the years immediately after the Romans leave Britain and describes a land undergoing massive change – with no leader and no army to defend its shores. It’s a time of fragile alliances between Chiefs and tribal Leaders, held together by the personality and fading power of a sick King. It’s a time when the people must fight for their very existence.

This carefully researched book brings England during the Dark Ages vividly to life.

PUBLICATION DATE 1st April 2011
ISBN: 9781848765542
Price: £7.99

www.troubador.co.uk

If you’d like more information or a review copy please get in touch with the publisher:

Jane Rowland
Troubador Publishing Ltd
5 Weir Road
Kibworth Beauchamp
Leicester
LE8 0LQ

Tel: 0116 2792299
Fax: 0116 279 2277
Email: j_rowland@troubador.co.uk
Web: www.troubador.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter @matadorbooks!

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Provisional Table of Contents for Issue 2 of Alt Hist

As work progresses on putting together issue 2 – typesetting, proof-reading etc – I thought you might want to have a quick glimpse of what will be coming up, so here’s a list of the stories that will be appearing (in no particular order!):

  • The Apollo Mission by David Wiggin
  • In Cappadoccia by AshleyRose Sullivan
  • Son of Flanders by William Knight
  • The Orchid Hunters by Priya Sharma
  • The Scarab of Thutmose by Suzanne Sykora
  • The Watch-Maker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • Long Nights in Languedoc by Andrew Knighton
  • Death in Theatre by Jessica Wilson
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Eight stories in the second issue of Alt Hist

I am pleased to announce that we have now accepted eight stories in total for the second issue of Alt Hist. I’m really excited about this issue. We have managed to get more fiction in this time and an even more diverse range of settings and types of historical fiction, from straight historical to alternate to historical fantasy.

Work is now starting on typesetting. More updates soon.

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Alt Hist Issue 1 Print edition available via Amazon

I am pleased to announce that the print edition of Alt Hist Issue 1 is now available via Amazon.

Please visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004JLSHB0 if you want to order it.

Just as a reminder the first issue of Alt Hist contains the following stories:

  • “The Silent Judge” by David W. Landrum
  • “Easter Parade, 1930” by Rob McClure Smith
  • “Holy Water” by Andrew Knighton
  • “Lament for Lost Atlanta” by Arlan Andrews
  • “The Bitterness of Apples” by Priya Sharma
  • “Travelling by Air” by Ian Sales

Gareth Jones at SF Crowsnest reviewed the first issue and pronounced it “an interesting selection of stories and a successful debut issue”.

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Publication Date of the Second Issue of Alt Hist

When will the second issue of Alt Hist be published?

Well for the next issue I’m aiming for between 7 and 8 stories altogether and so far I have accepted 4. I do have some to review that looked quite good, so I’m fairly confident that I should have enough stories accepted by the end of this month. There will then be a round of proofs and typsetting to do in February/March, which means that with a fair wind you can expect the second issue of Alt Hist to be coming in March or April.

I’ll keep you posted!

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If you’re visiting the site don’t forget to sign up to RSS or Email alerts

You can stay up to date with all the latest news from Alt Hist in a number of ways. I’d recommend getting a subscription to our Email alerts or RSS feed if you want to get the latest key news updates from Alt Hist. See the menu to the right of this post for details.

Alternatively we also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, which will also post all the latest news, sometimes smaller nuggets of information that won’t merit a whole post on this site, so these are well worth a look too.

On the Facebook page especially we’re starting to get some good discussions going. For instance about whether podcasting stories was a good idea and also some questions about the next issue. So if you use Facebook I’d encourage you to join the debate, or even start one of your own on the Alt Hist page on anything to do with Alt Hist or the subject of historical fiction, whether alternate, fantastical or reality-based.

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50% Off Alt Hist Issue 1 Until End of December 2010

I have now made available a 50% discount off the first issue of Alt Hist. This discount is available as follows:

Print copies via Lulu at £3.50/copy or equivalent US pricing

Ebooks in various formats available via Smashwords use the coupon code XE57C to buy at the discounted rate of $3.50

Kinde ebook available from Amazon for $3.49 (may take a couple of days to see on the Amazon site).

Please enjoy Alt Hist Issue 1 responsibly during the holiday season.

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Tangent Online posts review of Alt Hist Issue 1

Our third official review is now in. Tangent Online, one of the longest established sites for reviewing short story publications has posted a review of the first issue of Alt Hist. All six stories have received positive comments from the reviewer Robert Leishman.

Again “Easter Parade, 1930” by Rob McClure Smith, seems to have the best of the plaudits. Robert thought it was ‘definitely worth a read’.

Visit http://www.tangentonline.com/print–other-reviewsmenu-263/anthologies-reviewsmenu-107/1505-alt-hist-issue-1 for the full review.

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