AHMM is one of the premier mystery magazines. The pay for a short story is less than ten cents per word. Writers compare notes about the length of time it takes from story submission to acceptance by AHMM. Here are the stats for Claire's Cabin.
Idea for the story - fall 2018.
First viable draft of Claire's Cabin - fall 2020.
Submitted to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine - 5/10/2021
Accepted - 3/4/2022
Contract - 4/13/2022
Appearance in AHMM - ?
Almost ten months from submitting the story to learning it was accepted by editor Linda Landrigan. Then the wait until it appears in the magazine. It's worth the wait to me.
Claire's Cabin will be my tenth story to appear in AHMM. And yes, I am still working the day job.