Folks, we're unlocking this after making a number of edits and deletions.
Threads like this raise the issue of KBoards's role as a sort of community-driven vetter of indie service providers. That role is vital; indie authors work in a sector without a whole lot of protections, so we need to act as one another's protectors, as best we can (as EAW did in suggesting we avoid the friends/family PayPal option). We don't want to lose that protective function of the forum or the skeptical mindset that goes with it.
But that vital and generous effort to protect can be carried too far/pushed too fast. An internet forum is ill-equipped to make fully informed declarations about whether or not a service is a scam, totally on the up and up, or somewhere in between. Assumptions are often wrong; things that seem just too coincidental often really are coincidences; and we all have a tendency to judge new info through the lenses of our existing knowledge, values, and positions. Forums lack the tools to overcome these limitations, so judgments reached here need to be cautious and recognized as provisional.
People have pointed out that RomanceAuthor12 seems to have underpriced their proposed service vis-a-vis the time and expense involved in running it. But to jump from that concrete and defensible observation to the assertion that RomanceAuthor12 is doing something underhanded is premature. And it's risky, because once the assumption of underhandedness is in place, it seems only ethical to try to strip RomanceAuthor12 of their anonymity. Despite the absence of proof, speculation that Romance Author12 is another KB member starts to assume the weight of fact. The guilty verdicts become more entrenched all around, despite the fact that what's been formed is a highly speculative construction.
An alternate explanation is that RomanceAuthor12 is already filthy rich from those 7 million sales and doesn't need more money, but would like to give back to the indie community, with the fees -- low for what they cover, but certainly not nothing -- being intended to deter writers who aren't highly committed to their careers or truly open to being mentored in the way RomanceAuthor12 has in mind.
Or the truth could be something totally different. We just don't know. So ... let's do our due diligence by asking questions and pointing out elements of the proposal that strike us as odd. Let's respect RomanceAuthor12's choice to post anonymously, and let's avoid accusations and assumptions. Interested parties can and should contact RomanceAuthor12 to request supporting information supporting their claims.