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I am a freelance editor. I typically work through freelance websites like oDesk. I had a prospective...

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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

Client: $200. 

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?

Client: Yeah.

Me: I think your math is off, buddy. 


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