Quote Originally Posted by chrishaleswriter View Post
... they wanted a fee to help with finacial costs (due to the current ecenomic crisis) and I refused, being young, disabled and a student.

In my opinion this is outrageous. Austin and Macauley are not a vanity publisher, yet they are treating their authors as one. Well respected Organisation should not be allowed to do this, and I can only assume that it is an attempt to cover their costs whilst retaining their integrity.
Chris, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and acts like a duck, it's a duck. Not sure where you got the idea A&M is a "respected publisher," but anyone who charges you to publish your book is a vanity press. Period. They can call it whatever they want, but the facts remain that they're charging for publication. Respected? By whom? They told you they loved your book in order to loosen your checkbook. All vanity presses do this. Flattery is a seductive mistress in the POD/vanity business. It's how they attract authors. Vanity...get it?