It’s times like this that I wish I could block specific countries from ordering from me.
A buyer from a country where I know not to accept orders from if I can help it contacted me last week. I’ve literally never had a buyer from this country who hasn’t needed tons of pointless revisions. I say they are pointless, as clearly there is a huge language barrier.
In one case, a buyer wanted me to use keywords like “handgun” and “zombie knife” in a sales copy for a HD camera drone. - It gets that crazy.
Long story short, I told the most recent buyer that I couldn’t help. Later, they ordered anyway and sent me a short sales copy to rewrite. Most of this read like childish word soup. However, I was able to research the product and brand to create a flawless new copy. - Then comes the revision.
The buyer is unhappy that their new copy doesn’t read like the alphabet spaghetti of their original. At this point, I would usually just cancel. I’d rather take a cancellation penalty over someone with no basic language skills leaving me a review saying I’m a rubbish writer. However, I decided to provide a revision.
As well as just revising my original copy, I have also delivered an extra free version which I have purposefully written to sound more like their alphabet spaghetti original. I have a feeling though, that they won’t be happy with either.
What I can’t wrap my head around is why people like this order from writers like myself in the first place?