A friend reached out to me for some illustration work.
Client: I’m about to publish a book, and I need a cover illustration. Would you give me a friend’s discount?
Me: I can maybe round down my fee a bit. How does $X sound?
Client: That’s excellent, thank you! I’m excited to see what you do!
I started the illustration as soon as I could, and got it to them within a week.
Client: I LOVE it!
At least, that’s what they said. A few days later they sent me another message.
Client: Actually, I’ve decided to go in a different direction. What would be a a fair price for your work?
Me: $X, same as we agreed.
I haven’t heard back, or received any payment.