Voice Acting for Avery Cates

The Terminal StateWell, Avery Cates #4, The Terminal State is heading for bookstores this summer, kids, and we’ve been working on a web site for it, which is always fun. I need a little help and have decided to make it a little contest; members of the super-secret Street Team got an early wink at this, but now that they’ve had their head start (I’ve already got a couple of pretty kick-ass submissions) I’m opening it up to any one:

The web site will  include some videos I’ve been working on. The videos are tiny little clips representing 4 characters from the book. The voices for these videos are placeholders. I tried to give them some flair, but I can’t help but wonder if they could be better. I figured, why not crowd-source it?

If you’re interested, I’d like to invite anyone who wants to to submit a recording for one or more of the videos. If you think you can give it a real performance, here’s what to do:

1. Surf on over to


2. The scripts and videos for each character are there. The way the voices are in the videos are a guideline–feel free to experiment and be creative, but of course I do want something in the same ballpark.

3. Record yourself and send it to me (to mreditor@innerswine.com – please send ONLY to this email) either a WAV or MP3 file as an attachment, or as a link to the file on another server where I can download it (FTP sites are fine as long as you can give me access to them). Feel free to apply effects if you want.

4. Include in the text of your email explicit permission for me to use your voice on the web site. I’ll give credit, though I haven’t decided how yet.

If any of the entries are good enough, I’ll use them on the site. This will be entirely up to my discretion, so it’s 100% my sensibility. Feel free to pass this on to anyone if you think they’d be interested, it’s not a secret. I just wanted to give y’all first crack at it if you wanted. Have fun!


  1. DeadlyAccurate

    Ooh, ooh, I’ll be Avery! How ’bout it? Can I? Please? I promise I’ll talk in a deep voice just like this.

  2. jsomers (Post author)

    Go for it. I am gender-blind. If you submit a kick-ass voice, you’re in, no questions asked. Although, there is no Avery Video. I’m maintaining his mystique.

  3. DeadlyAccurate

    You’ve never heard my voice. I’ve had people on the phone ask if they could speak to my mother, because they thought I was a small child.

  4. Patty Blount

    I love this! You have the best ideas. If you’re up for a character with a Fran Drescher-like accent, look no further!

    Okay, I’m not quite that bad. But I am from New Yawk.

  5. jsomers (Post author)

    Patty, have fun with it, if you want! Sometimes you don’t know what works until you come across it.

  6. Nemo Pemo

    Yo, Any kind of timeline on this contest, or am I just missing that somewhere.

  7. Nemo Pemo

    I meant: …somewhere? Time for less potato juice, or maybe more.

  8. jsomers (Post author)

    No timeline given, because of the incompetence. But I’d say I’d want the web site for TTS live by June or so.


  9. Paul Riddell

    I’d be glad to contribute my voice, were it not the sort that Fran Drescher would find nasal and annoying. How about I just buy up multiple copies of the books and give them out to friends instead?

  10. jsomers (Post author)

    Paul, You are ALWAYS welcome to buy, say, 1000 copies and hand them out. We should do a criss-cross: I’ll 1000 of yours, you buy 1000 of mine! We’ll both shoot to the middle of the bestseller lists and look like geniuses. We won’t actually be geniuses, but we’ll look like ’em.

  11. Paul Riddell

    Do NOT tempt me on this. Let me see if I can get that kind of cash together. If it worked for L. Ron Hubbard and Ann Coulter, it should work for us.

  12. Stoif

    One of the fragging best ideas ever!

    Thanks for the so long awaited Cyberpunk Renaissance

    Stay heavy!

Comments are closed.