Alt Hist reviewed at Locus Online and SF Crowsnest

The first issue of Alt Hist has now been reviewed at Locus Online by Lois Tilton, and at SF Crowsnest by Gareth Jones.

Both reviews I think are broadly very positive. Lois’s review at Locus concentrates more on individual stories, while Gareth reviews individual stories, but also gives his thoughts on the publication as a whole.

Lois thought that one of the stories in Alt Hist merited a special Recommended tag, which from looking at her short fiction reviews, she does not appear to grant lightly. So I was very pleased with that.

Gareth liked most of the stories and was also very complimentary about the issue as a whole. If  I may I’ll quote his entire last paragraph:

So it’s an interesting selection of stories and a successful debut issue. I wouldn’t necessarily choose to read historical fiction, but the mixture of historical tales among the alternate history were pleasantly enjoyable. With some relatively well-known authors for issues #1, editor Mark Lord has made an auspicious start.

I’m pleased that the authors in the first issue are getting the plaudits they deserve in both reviews, and also that the decision to start Alt Hist seems to have broadly welcomed.

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Alt Hist Issue 1 Now Available for Kindle

Alt Hist Issue 1 CoverThe Kindle version is now available for Alt Hist Issue 1. This ebook version of the first issue is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

And, although Alt Hist Issue 1 has only been available in the Kindle Store for a day we already have a sales rank on Amazon.com: #101,782 Paid in Kindle Store. No idea yet what sort of sales volume that equates too!

Anyway if you have a Kindle, or the Kindle app for your iPhone or iPad, this is anot

her way of getting a copy of Alt Hist Issue 1. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Get your Alt Hist Now!!!

Get your copy of Alt Hist Issue 1 before everyone else hears about it! Alt Hist is now available in print format and ebook format, and readers of this blog will be the first people to hear about it!

Print copies are available via Lulu and ebooks available via Smashwords right now!

Over the coming weeks other ebook retailers will start getting the book, so don’t worry if you want to get it via your Kindle or iPad, we have a solution for you!

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Alt Hist Preparing Print and Ebook versions of first issue

With all the proofs processed, additional non-fiction content added and a cover design created, I am getting close to being able to announce the publication of the first issue of Alt Hist. At this stage a number of complications arise regarding timing. Ideally I’d like to announce publication of the print and ebook versions at the same time, but because certain retailers take a bit of time to get ebooks onto their platforms there maybe some delay. I anticipate though that Alt Hist will be available in some sort of ebook format within a week. When this happens I will announce it on this site, but we may well go for a more full scale announcement once all the distribution channels have got the “book”.

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Alt Hist – First Issue PDF Proofs Despatched

The PDF proofs of the first issue  of Alt Hist are now with authors, so I think we should still be on track for publication towards the end of October.

I have to sort out one of the non-fiction pieces and also write an editorial and design a cover. But then everything should be ready for publication. I’m very excited to be reaching the finishing stages of this inaugural issue. Having read through all the stories again during the proof-reading stage, I felt very proud of the quality of contributions – there’s some great story-telling to look forward.

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Alt Hist – Fiction Typesetting Complete

I have now completed the typesetting stage of putting together the first issue of Alt Hist. All 6 stories are typeset for print publication and formatted in a PDF file. The next step is to go through each story and mark-up and suggested edits in the PDF file and then send each author their proofs. Once I have these back I can begin to finalise the contents of the issue.

Things still left to do other than that are:

  • Editorial – a couple of pages from me introducing the first issue of Alt Hist
  • Put together some questions and get answers for one of our non-fiction bits
  • Design a front and back cover

Interesting that a lot of the work on putting this together is very focused on the print version. I wonder which will be more popular the print or online version?

We’re planning to charge about £3.99 for print and £2.99 for the e-book version (multiply by 1.5 ish for the dollar rate, but these things tend to be in the hands of the distributors!)

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Alt Hist First Issue Table of Contents

I am now at the stage of putting together a table of contents for the first issue of Alt Hist. The following short fiction pieces will be published in the first issue:

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

After much thought I decided the fairest way of ordering the contents of the first issue was by date of acceptance. So David W. Landrun’s story was the first accepted, and Ian Sales’s story was the last accepted (i.e. because it was submitted recently, not because it took longer than any other story to evaluate!).

The stories are a good mix of fairly straight historical fiction and very alternate history fiction, with one story actually taking the whole history of creation as its narrative. Other settings covered in the first issue include Anglo-Saxon England, the London of Jack the Ripper, Glasgow street riots in 1930, as well as fiction portraying alternate histories of the USA and air travel.

We will also be publishing pieces about two upcoming alternate history anthologies: Columbia & Britannia and Aether Age.

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First Issue Submissions All In!

I now have six short fiction pieces ready for typesetting as part of the first issue of Alt Hist. I am really excited about this collection of stories and will be writing a bit more about them as we get nearer to publication. The next stage is to typeset each story and to get PDF proofs out to our contributors. Whilst that happens I will also be working on front and back covers of the issue and also designing some marketing material.

The aim is to have the first issue published by the end of October.

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Half Way to the First Issue of Alt Hist

I am happy to announce that we now have three accepted stories for the first issue of Alt Hist, which means that we are halfway to our target of six.

But once we get to our target of six stories accepted that doesn’t mean the issue will be ready. There will still be quite a bit of work to do on getting the stories type set, deciding a table of contents, choosing artwork and designing front and back covers, writing an editorial, and also getting proofs out to our contributors.

So in a sense the work is only just beginning!

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