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The Audition

You've found a book you want to narrate so you download the script. You've never read the book so you have no idea what the characters should sound like. What do you do?

Writers Notes

If the writer has left notes on the character (only 50% do) then you have your first clues.


Go to Amazon for a "Look Inside". Often there are sample chapters of the book to give you a bit more info on the characters. There may also be additional characters you discover and adding them at the end of your audition is a big plus.

Buy the eBook

If you want the job bad enough just buy the book. eBooks are cheap. You can then really flesh out the main characters and spice up your audition with extra clips. It has helped me win a few auditions.

Read a page then take a sip. Repeat.


Be one of the first auditions to hit. The earlier you enter the game the better.

Message the Writer

Message (not pester) the writer with a question. If you don't hear back your toast most of the time. But more often than not you will hear back and there is a better chance a writer will remember your name. Maybe even give you a second listen.

Make it Perfect

The better your quality of production the better chance of winning the audition. Although I recently lost out on a book and the eventual winner's final production had car noise in the background of most of the recording. So clearly writers don't listen very well all the time. (See For the Writer - How to Pick a Good Narator)

Listen to Your Own Recording...Properly

Apple Earbuds and a smart phone or tablet give great playback of your audition. Don't listen out of your laptop speakers. If you hear fuzzy room tone between spoken words go back to the drawing board.

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ACX email is nice holder of emails but falls completely short in every other way. If your ACX email is like mine it is crowded with emails as a good

The proper offer originates in 1 of 2 ways. Either the writer requests and audition from you or the writer likes your audition and contacts you. I appreciate when a writer contacts you and requests an audition you know the writer has considered your time and appreciates your voice. You should do the same in return. Read their audition. If you like what you read do a little more research on the book to understand character personalities a bit more and contact the writer with brief questions.