The Vicar Short Story

I’m working on my first short story featuring The Rev’d Humphrey Blytherington.–The Vicar of Great Snoring and his gang.

It will be available as an inexpensive e-book. Have you met The Vicar? Would you purchase an e-book short story about his adventures? If so, how much would you pay?

  • Bruce

    I rarely pay more than $10-12 for a Kindle book. I get most for free. Figuring if I buy an album on iTunes about $10 is the limit and I get singles $0.99-$1.29, I would probably fork over $0.99 if it was a Kindle Store transaction. Do you know what slice of it you would get? It is very easy for me to buy through iTunes and Amazon. Other distribution methods are more troublesome for me. I only want to read Kindle format ebooks.

    My $0.02. Keep up the good work!

    Just an aside, though, I tend to enjoy your serious stuff more than your humorous pieces. So I’m not sure I’d like the short story. If I did, though, I’d buy each new one as it came out. Dean Koontz did a little bridge in his Odd Thomas series where he released some longish short stories several months before the last book length episode. The stories carried the narrative but weren’t included in the complete book, so there was no penalty for purchasing them. I believe they were $2.99.

    Also, do you have one of those gizmos you plug into a smart phone to take credit card payments? If so, you might come up with a tricky way to make ebook sales to people you come in contact with in person. You can email a book to a person’s Kindle account. Kindle wouldn’t get anything out of that. Maybe one of your kids could handle this for you and sell some lemonade at the same time. I guess I’m just rambling here.

  • Joseph R.

    I guess it depends on how short the short story is. I’d pay $1 or $2. Probably higher if you are using the proceeds for building your church or some other similar project.

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  • Julie

    Squee! I love the Vicar, he’s my favorite :) Personally I would pay up to $5 especially if were directly through Amazon, since in that case it would be one click, easy-peasy, no new accounts or work-arounds. But even if it were just downloaded through the site I’d pay up to $5 for the story, since I like the Vicar and it would be an easy way to support your work.

  • Archdruid Eileen

    I’ve been to Gt Snoring on the way to Walsingham, but I’ve never met the vicar. Are you sure he’s a real person?

  • Mary Ann Bernard

    Yeah! Yes, I would love to read it. Yes, I would pay. For one short story? Maybe $2.99.

  • Tom

    I would probably buy it if I were aware it came out and was available on Amazon. Not sure how much I would pay for a short story.

  • Melia

    As a creative writing student (and therefore an expert), I’d say you should put an excerpt up online first, let us judge, and then go from there.

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      The type of writing is already well known to readers of the blog with my alter ego The Vicar.

  • Ben

    I’d love to read the story. $1 to $3 for a short story seems fair. I might pay $5, but that’s starting to seem high given that a full length novel is twice as much, but a short story may only be 1/10 the size of a novel.

  • Catholic Bibliophagist

    I would love to read it and would definitely want to buy it, though normally I only use my Kindle for public domain stuff which I get for free. (So I am not a good person to advise anyone on price.) I would be quite happy to buy it outside of Amazon because I’d know that the author would get more of the money (and therefore might not have to charge as much for it).


  • Paul H

    I love the Vicar, but I don’t have an e-reader, so I probably wouldn’t read the e-book. Sorry. :-(

  • Deacon Nathan Allen

    I *love* the Vicar! I’d gladly pay a couple of bucks for the story (more if it were longer) through Amazon, but chuck in the complete Vicar as an appendix, and I’d happily pay more.