UPDATE! Everyone is having so much fun that I’m extending the contest. You can see current submissions here.
Hi everyone! I’m still super excited about my role as Fox McCloud, but I’m switching gears here for a minute. We have less than 45 days until the debut of my novel, MECHANICAL FAILURE. To celebrate and promote the release, we’re merging the two major career paths of my life – voiceover and writing – to create what I’m calling the “Voiceover Mad Libs” contest. Since I’m a military veteran, we’ll go ahead and create the acronym VML for brevity’s sake.
Here are the basics of the VML contest. YOU, my readers, get to fill in the blanks of one of two different voiceover scripts that I’ve created – a romantic comedy trailer or an infomercial. I will actually get in the booth and record and produce them to make them sound like ACTUAL voiceover spots, and then publish them to a page on SoundCloud for everyone to listen, download and laugh. You will get an actual produced copy of your spot if you enter.
What will they sound like? AWESOME.
Here is a sample of the TRAILER spot.
Here is a sample of the INFOMERCIAL spot.
After two weeks, I’ll close entries and me and my team of lab rats and minions (it’ll pretty much be me and my agent Sam) will decide on the funniest entry, one for the TRAILER category and one for the INFOMERCIAL category. No purchase is required for a single entry.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st Place: Signed hardback copy of MECHANICAL FAILURE and I will professionally narrate your voicemail message in any requested style or character in my repertoire. You write the script!
2nd Place: My literary agent, Sam Morgan, will read and critique a short excerpt of one of your novels. If you don’t write, he will critique a picture of your face. If you don’t have a face, I will professionally narrate your voicemail message in any requested style or character in my repertoire.
3rd Place: A free e-book of MECHANICAL FAILURE to read or give as a gift, and I will professionally narrate your failure to achieve first or second place.
BUT I AM HILARIOUS AND WANT TO SUBMIT ONE SCRIPT IN EACH CATEGORY you say? Well, you can do that if you pre-order a copy of MECHANICAL FAILURE and tweet a screenshot of your order to @JoeZieja with the #MechanicalFailure hashtag. Once we see that, I’ll go ahead and read both of your submissions. A Twitter follow and a Facebook like wouldn’t hurt, either. Also cookies (oatmeal raisin gets your entry deleted though so choose wisely).
What are you waiting for? Enter now via the typeforms below!
*** A couple of notes before you go. First, if the spot doesn’t conform to reasonable language standards or length of phrasing, I reserve the right to edit it. Feel free to include profanity, but it MAY get censored. Honestly, sometimes it’s funnier when it gets beeped out. But when writing your entry, try to conform to standards of common decency.***