Yeah, I submitted to Asimov's once, and no luck. Of course, it was an earlier, REALLY crappy version of Red Delta, so this was for the best, in the end.As was noted in this SLP interview, Inklings Press does some AH short fiction. I've seen AH stories appear in several pro-rate sf magazines such as Clarkesworld, Asimov's and Analog, although the competition for pro-rate short fiction is obviously pretty stiff.
Although I'd add a cautionary tale that despite listing themselves as open to AH, there's still plenty of markets which don't really get it. Without naming any names, I recently had a polite rejection for an AH short story for an anthology which described itself as open to AH. They included their slush reader feedback - which complained that my story didn't reflect the history of the country it was set in, without realising that it was alternate history. The lesson I took from that was to make the divergences much, much more explicit and obvious when writing for an audience outside of the AH online subculture.
The acceptance rates for pro-rate magazines like those three are generally under 1%. So while they're open to AH, any story is going to have to be spectacular to make the cut.Yeah, I submitted to Asimov's once, and no luck. Of course, it was an earlier, REALLY crappy version of Red Delta, so this was for the best, in the end.
Of these three, which have been the most open to short AH in your experience? And are there other such outfits that might accept it under the broader SF label?
Marketing takes work, but is doable for someone who wants to take the time to learn. I'm a member of a couple of Facebook writers groups who are very good at explaining how to learn. Some of it costs $$$$, but some of it is cheaper (a lot of authors are building a social media presence on TikTok, for example, which has considerably increased their sales).This is the really bastardly part of self-publishing (and small-press publishing), far as I can tell.
A lot really depends on just what you're doing. Books that are really nothing more than timelines - like Look To The West - have a very limited market, while novels tend to do better as they draw in readers of other fiction (war, detective, etc). Invasion of 1950 drew in a lot of readers of mil-fic even as they scoffed at the AH itself.Marketing takes work, but is doable for someone who wants to take the time to learn. I'm a member of a couple of Facebook writers groups who are very good at explaining how to learn. Some of it costs $$$$, but some of it is cheaper (a lot of authors are building a social media presence on TikTok, for example, which has considerably increased their sales).
But a key consideration is the size of the market that an author is aiming for. AH exists as a market - witness the number of authors who have self-published in that field - but sales are concentrated in certain types of AH and dealing with particular time periods. AHs with a military slant dealing with alternate WW2s or near-WW2s are quite popular, judging by the most highly-ranked self-published AHs on Amazon, and how Festung Europa and the Drakes Drum series are among the best-selling of all SLP titles. But even in those fields, the AH market is dwarfed by some other kinds of spec fic - space opera and urban fantasy, for example - and those in turn are dwarfed by the overall size of the romance market (though that also has a lot of subgenres, some of which sell better than others).
Only partially related but I see the original draft of Alien being set in a universe where Eric Varley or Peter Shore becomes Prime Minister and after leaving the EEC a trade deal between Britain and Japan eventually leads to the merger of Leyland and Toyota.One of my divergences has Alien being made in the TL under its original working title, Starbeast, and (as could easily have happened) being just a throwaway monster movie. Giger didn't participate in making the (much less memorable) monster because he was too busy designing the interior of a bizarre Atlantic City casino.
One of my Smithtown concepts was setting the thriller inside such a weird casino, and I still want to use that location for something. How could you not?
I mean, I would remiss at this point to not point you to Sea Lion Press's anthology of AH stories about Australia, though the only story set in wwII is set in europe.