Thank you for your suggestions. A few pieces of information that might provide additional insight as to how we operate and what to expect. Please let us know if any questions come up.
1) We advertise our services to "emerging professional speakers." If you're (1) not earning a full-time living through speaking, and (2) you aren't earning at least $5,000 per speech, we consider you to be an "Emerging" speaker. We still receive requests above this amount, but most often the organizations we work with have smaller budgets than a full service agency.
2) The planners do have a scale of fee ranges to choose from (the same as you do on your end within your profile settings). If they choose "Negotiable" or "Free" we suggest they be more specific or offer something (at least to cover travel). It doesn't always work, but we do try.
3) We almost always encourage the planners to reach out to us if they have questions or need help figuring out what an attractive speaking fee would look like.
I hope this information helps. Let us know if we've overlooked any of your concerns.