It was a really odd situation! I was well into the edit and it had been described to me as a ‘Young Adult’ book–which of course means no explicit content. All was going well until I was about halfway–no red flags that far–and then all kinds of graphic, violent r*pe scenes emerged–in which teens were involved (violence against teens).
I stopped the edit, wrote to both CS and my success manager, and explained the issue and that it was against Fiverr TOS and Amazon TOS.
I was urged to complete it ‘as long as you are happy to go ahead’. I was quite horrified and I did not do the work from then on.
I cancelled, lost the revenue and of course, had my completion rate adversely affected. I was quite dumbfounded but there was no way I would have completed that edit. It was not that I was closed minded since the reverse is true–I consider myself unable to be offended and take on work most eds decline–but for a YA book and with under-age characters, no way. That’s one route to a bad reputation.
I had even had a lengthy dialogue with the client before I contacted CS and I had explained I’d complete it if it were not involving teens and not FOR the underage market, and would she mind if I tweaked it accordingly? The buyer could not see a problem with it staying as she had written it ‘because there’s loads of stuff like this on Amazon’.
That was when I asked for CS to intervene and got nowhere. The buyer placed it with another Fiverr ed! I lost over $3,500.