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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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”.
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.
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!)
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.
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!