Check out this new way a so-called publisher is taking advantage of people on the Let's Get Visible blog.
A word to the wise -- a true publisher will NOT charge you to come sign at a book fair or convention. They might not pay your expenses, but they will offer you a free time to sign.
Considering that renting a table at book fairs is usually $1,000, charging their "authors" almost $4,000 just for the right to sit there for an hour is outrageous. The author would have done better to have rented the table themselves.
Sometimes writer's organizations will rent a table at these events - or even at national librarian events and will charge their members about $100 to offset the expense of the table. Now, these events are worth this charge -- a small charge compared to the huge amount that scam "publishers" are making off of their poor, deluded captive writers.
Do the math, people. There's no way you'll make a profit paying the publisher huge sums of money.
Remember the writer's motto -- Money flows to the writer from the publisher / NOT from the writer to the publisher.
Will I be signing at book fairs and librarian conventions for my next book? Certainly I will. AND the only expense I'll be paying will be travel expense. The publisher will pay my entrance fee as well as theirs ,and will rent the table, and will supply the copies of my books for me to sign.
Do your research and don't get involved with these scam/ so-called-publishers. They're out to get YOUR money. (Do read the comments of this article as well.)