Over the several months that I’ve been pitching and recording audiobooks, ML Hamilton, author of MURDER ON POTRERO HILL the first book in the ‘Peyton Brooks Mystery’ series, selected the most unique audition excerpt I have experienced.
Most often the audition selections involve primarily the main character. An effort is made to put the narrator through their paces – how will they handle humor, pathos, intimate encounters, dialects. Although audition length is a recommended 5 minutes, there are often many pages of text. In other words, the audition becomes a very broad stroke – there is often focus on the general outcome, the general condition of the final product, which is not inappropriate. But there can be other, more subtle aspects to consider. After all, isn’t ‘nuance’ that which separates a good story from a great story? ML Hamilton joins me in this post to discuss her choice.
The Author’s Point of View:
ML: Jake proved to be a difficult character for me. For some readers, he was so sympathetic that they wound up hating the detectives, something I never saw happening. They felt the detectives were too hard on him, and in fact, a lot of people told me Jake was their favorite character.
When I was thinking about the audition piece, I really wanted to see how the audio producers would handle Jake’s character at the most devastating moment of his life. If a producer could capture his raw emotion, his vulnerability, I figured they could handle the rest of the book. Kelley struck just the right tone with Jake. Even though she had only a short excerpt to read, she seemed to sense Jake’s personality right away. I was sold.
The Narrator’s Point of View:
KH: I was very impressed as a narrator that Michelle chose something very dramatic and powerful for her audition sides and that, most significantly, did not contain the main character. And succinct, brief. I thought that was bold and a sign of real confidence as a writer – that the main character was so clearly drawn it was not necessary to split hairs over ‘Detective Peyton Brooks.’ What was significant was ‘the moment’, ‘the thing.’ Angels dancing on the head of a pin. The incident around which the rest of The Story unfolds.
Here we have the audition text – and the actual audition – see what you think.
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