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You Are The Author Of Your Own Demise

, , , | Right | October 2, 2017

(I take in a high volume of manuscripts to edit. I don’t offer discounts or deals because of the high volume of work I receive, and because my prices are already a little bit below the average cost. This has never been an issue for any of my customers in the past.)

Author: “Hi. I would like to price out how much it will cost to have two of my books edited.”

Me: “The pricing is on the website. Pricing is typically done by word for proofreading, and by page for content editing, at size 12 font, 1.5 space, 8.5 x 11 page size.”

Author: “Yeah, I saw that, but I figured I could get a discount since I have two books.”

Me: “Unfortunately, I do not offer discounts, because I already have a backlog of work. My pricing is quite fair, though.”

Author: “What if I gave you five books to edit?”

Me: “You would be paying for five books, then, and I would give you an estimated date of delivery for the completed work.”

Author: “Fine. Just charge me for the two books.”

(I get the word count from the author.)

Me: “All right, this is what your price would be based on the information you gave me.”

Author: “That’s fine, I guess. I’ll send you the files.”

Me: “Okay, once I get your deposit, I will give you an estimated date of delivery for the completed work.”

Author: “Okay.”

(I get the payment notification and the email with the files in it, but there are ten separate documents attached.)

Me: “Oh, did you mean to send me ten files? Which two did you want to have edited?”

Author: “I figured you could just go ahead and give me your take on the others.”

Me: “I can look at the other files, if you pay for the other eight.”

Author: “Why?! That doesn’t seem fair! I sent them to you! You have to look at them!”

Me: *head-desk* “Okay, I really don’t have time for this. I will refund your money and you can find another editor.”

Author: “No! My friends said you were the best! I want you to look at my books!”

Me: “I am not playing this game with you. I am not going to waste any more time explaining the concept of you getting the exact amount of work that you pay for. If you don’t understand it, you can try your hand at editing your own work.”

Author: “I just want you to look at the other books for me! I don’t think it’s unfair to ask you to look at a few other files, since I just paid you to look at a couple already! It’s not that hard!”

Me: *cancels the order* “Okay, I just canceled your order. You should see an email within the next few hours. Good luck with your writing.”

Author: “But why?!”

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