Recently had a buyer request a 5k word story. Getting information out of him was like pulling teeth!
Buyer: "Hi, I want a story, can you do this"
Me: "Hi, I’m available for story writing. Can you give me more information? I generally require a brief that includes a description of characters and some plot that I can base your story on."
Buyer: "I want it to be about 2 people I know."
Me: waits half an hour for follow up "Without a brief containing detailed instructions, I cannot help you.
Buyer: "How much for 4000 words"
Me: eye roll "Based on what I know about your story, it would be about (4 times as much as you’re willing to pay.)"
Buyer: No response.
I’ve had people come to me for audio books, huge writing gigs, and other work. Unfortunately, they don’t want to pay for the work. The few times I’ve had huge orders that were well funded and turn them down it was generally because the buyer seemed hard to work with/micro-managing or because I was simply too busy with other things in life to get it done in the time frame. Sad to see money walk out the door, but I’d rather that then have big cancellations and bad buyers on my hands!