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Winners of the What I’m Waiting for Video Contest

It’s time to announce the winners of the “What I’m Waiting for” video contest I hosted for the launch of my new book, The In-BetweenAll the entries were amazing in their own way, which, frankly, made me a little sad I could choose only three winners.

As inspiration for the contest, I shared my own book trailer, which was created by the fine folks at Moody Publishers. For your reference, here it is again:

And with that, the contestants were off in pursuit of their prizes. Just to remind you, they were:

  1. Third place: $25 Amazon gift card
  2. Second place: $100 Amazon gift card
  3. First place: Amazon Kindle Fire

So let’s see who won what. Without further ado, here are the winners…

Third Place: Anne Peterson — “The In-Between Is a Book for Everyone”

Why liked this video: Anne did a great job capturing the essence of the book in this video and made it fun with the use of the character Pinocchio. She also used an entire production team of her daughter to accomplish the task. Well done, Anne!

Second Place: Mark Van Horn — “The Little Moments”

Why I liked this video: The production quality of the video and voiceover script made this good enough to make me want to hire Mark for my next book trailer. His subtle visual storytelling through scenes of his daughters was captivating. Here’s what he said:

For me. The little moments in-between, are those moments in your child’s life, the little ones. Blink and its gone. Kids grow up so fast. And its the little moments in-between all the running around, sick days, graduations, games, and tantrums that will really stick with you. Cherish those moments in-between.

And now for the winner…

First Place: Mike Burns — “What I’m Waiting for”

Why I liked this video: As far as I know, nothing I’ve written has ever inspired a hip song… until now.

The video quality, original music, and lyrical content all made this entry the clear winner. It was original, interesting, and excellent. Plus, the theme of achieving your dreams was especially powerful for me.

I’ve listened to it probably a dozen times since it was submitted, and I can’t get enough of it. Here are the lyrics:

What I’m waiting for is the next big thing,
for the chance to help more people and the joy that it brings
bling bling– the phone rings,
They were encouraged by a post or a song
I’m waiting for the time when I can do what I love to do
all day long…that’s what I’m waiting for
To work with my wife and kids and produce things and write
It takes patience man that kind of thing don’t happen overnight
And in the stillness of the waiting, I’m learning and it’s giving me wings
and now I’m waiting to see what the waiting brings…
that’s what I’m waiting for…

Honorable mentions

As I said, I enjoyed watching every entry, but there were a few that especially connected with me. Here are a few that didn’t win but were still excellent:

  • In his video, Mike Skiff talked about the legacy left by the death of his son (warning: this will make you cry). Watch it here.
  • In this video, one contestant rewrote the words to a song from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, setting it to the theme of The In-Between. I loved the lyrics. Watch and listen here
  • In his video, Peter talked about how he overcame his panic attacks and learned to enjoy his summer break. Watch it here.

Thanks to everyone who submitted! You can watch the rest of the video contest submissions here. And if you won, you should be getting an email from me today.

Now that you’ve watched these videos, how have you been inspired to use your in-between moments better? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Congrats everyone!

  • Fun contest.

    • It really was! Thanks for following along, Dan.

  • These folks have mad skills! Thanks for the honorable mention Jeff!

  • So fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Maria Morgan

    Congratulations Anne, Mark, & Mike! Awesome creativity.

  • The creativity was just so delightful. Your top winner’s video was amazing! Of course, your book was great too! 🙂

  • These are just awesome! Such creative videos. WooHoo!

  • stacey29lincoln

    These are great! What a fun idea!

  • Katie Suarez

    I agree with you, Jeff, Mark Van Horn should do your next book trailer. Breathtaking video. All three were creative and original. Well done, and congrats to each of you!

  • Marvin Ferguson

    The Lord apparently is opening other doors for me other than writing. i have always found your newsletters inspiring, Jeff and will continue to read them. God bless you, Jeff and the good work that you are doing.

  • Awesome! So creative. Great job!

  • The winning video is stellar! Jeff, you have attracted a tribe of wildly talented people. Do you think it’s helping your book sales? I would assume so, in a big way.

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