Your desperation attracts jackals.
You wanted an editor for your easy chapter book. First quote to come in: $1500.
Exhibit patience. Not your strong suit.
Lower quotes are on the way.
Time for you to be the exploiter.**
**Even if you follow up on a $500 offer, and don’t like the results, find another editor with a reasonable rate. Result: Detailed feedback from two editors and you’re still out hundreds less than if you’d jumped at that first profiteer.