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?
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.