A client who I had worked with through his company got in touch with me
requesting my services for a personal project. He wanted content for an SEO
website he was launching. He had already written copy for some of the pages in
Me: Did you want me to edit the
copy you’re already written?
Client: No, that’s perfect. Don’t
Me: Fine. For the new content,
what kind of tone do you want?
Instead of describing the
tone, he sent me the “1984” Apple Commercial.
I did my best. But he wasn’t
happy with it.
Client: This is terrible. I have to read all your writing
word by word.
Me: “Word by word”? How do you read
Client: It’s terrible. You
completely missed the tone of voice, too – after I gave you such
Me: Well, I’m sorry you feel
that way. I’ll make any amends you want for free after I receive our agreed
Client: I’m not paying you!
Me: But you uploaded the
content I wrote to your site. You’re using my content.
Client: So? I’m not happy with it.
Safe to say, I will now be avoiding
working on any “personal projects.”