I do some freelance illustration. A client got my name through a class I was teaching in the community.
Client: I’ve written a children’s book, and I’ve been trying for years to get someone to illustrate it. I’ve published two books before, so I’m not an amateur.
He goes on to tell me his daughter is a famous (what is it you are?–oh, right, illustrator) but she won’t illustrate the book for him, even though he’s offered her %$#@ big money. He wants to get together to show me the manuscript, or get my mailing address. I give him my email address.
Me: If you email me the story or more info about the project and what kind of illustrations you’re looking for, I’ll get back to you with my rates and schedule.
Client: So you won’t give me your address or meet with me so I can give you the manuscript?
Me: If it’s already typed up, it would be much easier to just send it by email.
Client: No, I can’t. I can’t do that.
Me: Well, email is really the best way to contact me. I work mostly digitally, so the illustrations will be delivered as digital files–
Client: I’m not a complete amateur! I’ve written a children’s book–what more do you need to know? I’m a rich old *&^%#$, and I’m willing to pay big money for someone to illustrate my book! I can tell you’re blowing me off!
Me: I’m totally willing to hear more about your book, but–
Client: You just missed a golden opportunity to make some money. You’re blowing me off, and I don’t appreciate it!
Me: I’m not blowing you off; I’m sorry if you feel that way–
Client: *hangs up*
Yup. I’ll regret missing that golden opportunity for sure.