Thanks to Kimberly who purchased two copies of Hop! Plop! to raise money for Bridget Zinn and who was also kind enough to say lovely things about the book on her blog!
The Bridget Zinn auction has been heating up. If you haven't been there yet, please go check it out.
I have been outbid on at least five or six items, but there is one that I want to win so badly! It is an author and editor team critique. Dori Chaconas, who is well-known for her article on writing in rhythm and rhyme, will critique a picture book manuscript and will then give your final revised draft to her editor at Candlewick.
I am a huge fan of Dori Chaconas. We've read her One Little Mouse so many times that I can recite most of it by heart.
One little mouse
took a look at his house
deep in the woodland ground.
"This nest is too small.
Not roomy at all,
There must be a new one around."
It is very hard to get good feedback on meter and rhyme. A lot of talented writers don't have that particular skill. I would LOVE to hear Dori's comments
Obviously, I am not the only one! I starting bidding on this item when it was at $45. It is now up to $225!
So, here comes my question. The auction ends on May 30th at 11:00 PM. Is it unethical for me to go bid at 10:59? My family members say, "It's fine. That is the nature of online auctions. You are not violating any rules or procedures." But I feel that this is not eBay. This is a community of writers getting together to support one of their own. One of the best things about blogging is the sense of community and support that we generate and that kind of behavior does not seem very sportsman-like. As much as I want the critique, I just don't think I can live with myself if I get it that way.