I offer editing and proofreading services for books. I’ve been receiving quite a lot of orders from questionable sources. These books are often written in poor English and plagiarized (but the “author” seems to use a thesaurus to avoid legal issues). The buyers that send them to me also seem to run a business or work for agencies where they take these plagiarized books and send them to Fiverr sellers for lower prices, which is practically slave labor because they are so laborious to edit and difficult to understand. It takes ages to get past one page. Because of this, I am taking a break from editing.
I just finished an order from another one of these shady buyers, and it was, by far, the worst, longest, and least comprehensible book I’ve ever received. I barely met the deadline and would pull all-nighters just to fully edit it. Even then, it was still difficult to understand.
The buyer marked the order complete the other day, but now they are asking for a full revision. I don’t know what to do because I can’t even understand the contents of the book, so how can I possibly edit it to make sense? I also don’t want to cancel the order because the pay wasn’t good, but I urgently need the money during these difficult times. I can’t go into detail, but I’m experiencing an emergency. I’ve been contemplating bringing this up with the Resolution Center…
What should I do?