I want to become a published author and I began searching for a mentor a few weeks ago. I messaged a well-known author on Instagram about becoming my mentor and I received a response and we exchanged emails. I sent a business-like email explaining my wants and we’ve been back and forth for two days. She asked for $75 for a 20 min consultation and I stated I didn’t have it at that moment, but I gave a specific date on when I will have that. I’m going to post the response below:
" Not a problem! Reach out when you are ready. If I see that you are a good fit with our brand, and you do hire me the $75 gets applied to any upcoming work. But FYI to publish a book it costs $$."
I was told about publishing scams and what not and this email made me question a few things. My question involves the last part of the response…I know businesses charge for consultations, but I was told that a author doesn’t have pay to publish their work unless their self-publishing and if they are told about paying it is a scam.
I am very confused and I would appreciate posts that can help me understand this more. This is a very serious issue and I’ll appreciate responses from individuals with strong knowledge of the publishing business. FYI I’ve researched and I cannot find any sources stating that the author pays unless it’s self-publishing.
If you have any questions and need more information please ask and I’ll answer the best way I can.