Like books? Like reading books aloud? Like Neil Gaiman? Then enter the contest to play one of the characters in the tenth-anniversary edition audio recording of Gaiman’s book American Gods. You’ll join a bevy of other actors in New York City to do a full-cast recording. Did we mention you get a free trip to NYC?
Here’s what you do: Record yourself reading an excerpt of American Gods and submit it on Bookperk, the site running the contest. Then get your Facebook friends, classmates, random strangers on public transportation to vote for you to make it to the top 20. From there, Gaiman and HarperAudio will select the winner.
As with other contests, Gaiman has made clear his involvement from the beginning. Here’s what he had to say, both in written and video form:
I love audio books, and George Guidall’s reading of American Gods was a gold standard of its kind – such that I couldn’t imagine getting someone else in to read the whole book in the new edition. But I’d never had a full-cast audio version of one of my books, and the opportunity to get a dozen amazing actors into a studio (and to take part myself) just seemed too good to be true. I’m really looking forward to it.
I’ve always tried to do things that would include people. There are 1.5 million people following me on Twitter, nearly half a million on Facebook, and lord alone knows how many reading my blog. So when HarperAudio offered them the chance to get involved I was thrilled. I love the idea that one of those people will be on the audio recording.
The contest starts today and ends on Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. EST.