A few years ago, I travelled to a large European city for a congress. The embassy from my home country also occupied an exhibition stand there. I’m a copywriter, and the embassay sent me a very last minute e-mail, that they knew I was going to be there and needed an interview with the ambassador for an online publication directly after the event. I was a bit annoyed, since I was planning on networking instead of writing. But ok, I decided to take it on.
I spent hours and hours interviewing the ambassador, doing background research, writing, fine-tuning etc. When I sent the final document to the ambassador’s assistant (who was my contact person and very strict on the deadline), I didn’t get any response.
Slightly annoyed, I tried to follow up on my e-mail multiple times. No response. Weeks and weeks went by without answer. Finally, I tried getting a hold of the assistant via phone. To no avail: they told me he relocated weeks ago, to a completely other part of the world and couldn’t be reached.
Never got response, nor did I receive any payment. The article was never placed.