Hi guys - just a quick rant! I’ve got this buyer…
He bought my creative blog gig and sent me the script for a ‘sex in the city’ type of blog. He told me I could change ‘anything’ and ‘everything’ just as long as it was fun and catchy.
So, I had fun with it and sent him my version. He did not like it, which is fair; I am not claiming to be the ultimate guru. He asked me to rewrite - after stating there were some things he liked, and some he didn’t. I asked for clarification - it would be stupid to change the things he loved, wouldn’t it?
No, he said, he can’t give me specifics, but I am on the right path. I should stick as close as his original version as I could. Oh, and could I shorten the whole piece with about 300 words? (His original version was just over 1000 words.)
So, I rewrote the piece - it took me about an hour. I offered one revision, so I figured this was it. I sent him two versions, the shortened one, and a 1,000 word one.
BAM! He hit the modification button again - claiming:
‘I don’t like it. What can we do?’
May I remind you that I stuck to his own ideas, his own words - only bettered it?
That ‘What can we do?’ raises a red flag for me. It sounds like someone wants me to suggest a cancellation.
So, I wrote him a very polite note, outlining the whole process and what I’ve done for him thus far. I reminded him that he declined to tell me what he liked about the piece in the first place (another red flag?). I suggested what we should ‘do’ is that he can highlight what he likes in the piece, and I will give another revision.
BAM! Revision button! “I will send you a detailed report.”
Now, I am seriously irked. So, I must wait here in limbo with no instructions for the ‘report?’
So, I canvassed this forum, read some helpful threads from 2016, and wrote him another polite note - telling him that he is abusing the system and me by pressing the modification button without any instructions.
I don’t want to confront him directly as a scammer, but I think he wants the job done for free, and he is quite cunning going about it. Is it just me, or what do you think? @thatwordchick