I am a freelance editor. I typically work through freelance websites like oDesk. I had a prospective client who wanted his novel manuscript edited, but he didn’t provide much detail in the job post. The following ensued when he messaged me.
Client: This isn’t even a first draft; it’s a “pre-draft”, so I need someone who can organize and then edit. The book is pretty raw, so I want to talk to you on Skype so I can explain better. I’ve written in a few different styles and I want you to read them all and help me choose what’s best. I also want you to give me your detailed opinions on the characters, plot, and whether the book could “make it”.
Me: And what’s your budget for this project?
Me: I’ve got to be honest, what you’re asking for the size of the work and the scope of the editing is going to run you at least $400.
Client does not respond for 18 days
Client: How about $100 to do 60% of the work?
Me: You mean $100 to do 60% of the work I already said I wouldn’t do for $200?
Me: I think your math is off, buddy.