Recently, a teacher from an online course offered to help me revise my draft of my second novel.
I asked what that entailed and he told me it would be me sending him 10,000 word packets of my novel for him to review and give feedback on. We exchanged a few emails on the topic, determining the date we would start this mentoring relationship.
I was super excited to have someone take an interest in my work.
Then I sent the first packet and received an email saying that there had been some confusion and we had not discussed the “mentoring fee.”
I was perplexed. I’ve never heard of a mentoring relationship conducted for monetary gain.
Mentoring, as far as I understand it, is usually a symbiotic relationship where the mentor passes on knowledge and gives guidance to the mentee and the mentee usually provides support to the mentor in his career endeavors. But there is no exchange of money.
In these rough economic times, I can understand someone charging a critique fee, but not a mentoring fee. I think this should all be done upfront. From the first interaction, it should be clear it isn’t a mentor relationship but a paid critique services interaction.
I opted to not pay the fee, which would have amounted to over $1000 for my novel.
He did apologize for not mentioning the fee earlier. I truly hope it was an oversight.
But it left me wondering if this happened to other people or if I did not properly understand what mentoring entailed.
From now on when a writer offers to look at my novel, should I ask how much? I wanted to pose the question to all of you because this was such an outlier in my experiences with the writing community.
Has anyone else had someone try to charge a fee for mentoring?