So I took on a pro bono project. I enjoy providing free work for those who I deem worth of it. I’ve done it in the past and while those projects have lead on to paid work, this one though… oof. Probably not.
So, I’m designing a book cover for this self-published author. They would send me edits and I would let them know when I could fit them into my schedule. It was generally a 24 hour turn around. I’d fit their edits in between my paying client work.
So yesterday they send along some edits, one of which was to the spine, so that required adjustment of the entire cover. An easy task, but one that took time that I literally didn’t have.
Me: Cool, I’ll be able to fit this into my schedule Thursday or possibly Friday.
What followed was what I would call bullying. They went into a tirade, kept re-asking when it would be done by (the answer didn’t change), tried to pull on my heartstrings:
Client: I’m in poor health! I may have to go in for surgery! Can’t you speed it up?
And finally tried to shame me:
Client: I have another designer. Maybe THEY can do it if you CAN’T.
Ugh, really? I’d had enough.
Me: I’m multitasking pretty hard right now, and honestly this conversation is pushing the timeline further and further. I can have it done for you by Thursday.
Client: How hard could it be? Drag, drop, send!