I’m a beginning writer and have been looking for a developmental editor. I found someone I thought would be a good fit. She was eager to work with me…or so I thought. She was very aggressive in getting my business. She asked me to send her my document for review. She told me she started reviewing the document and that she wanted the job and would be willing to work out the gig details. She claimed she started working on it even before I purchased the gig. Stupid me, right? Why would she work on a document she wasn’t paid for? I’ve been emailing her countless times, but get no reply except for on June 15, which was her last reply after I asked her how things were going. Again, I was willing to purchase gig(s). I just wanted to know how much she’d charge.
Yesterday, I emailed her again and told her if she wasn’t willing to do the job, let me know. Crickets. I’m concerned that she might steal my work. I know that I was stupid to let go of my document, but I trusted her. She wanted my business.
What do you guys think? What should I do?