I have a client in England – NZ expat, always thought he was a good guy – whose response to my invoice for editing his novel was, “I’ll think about it.”
I’d like to see him say that in response to a builder’s invoice.
Normally I get clients to pay the whole fee in advance but because I thought this guy was a good guy, I didn’t. Got $500 in advance, did a month’s work and it seems I will be stiffed for the rest.
I have had five abusive emails from this client, all tl;dnr because batshit-crazy but from skim-reads they accuse me of being a terrible editor, lazy, a liar, a drunk and a megalomaniac. In one he offered $250 in settlement of my $1000 invoice (which had been reduced in the hopes of payment rather than argument) and now he wants a refund of the $500 he paid in advance for what was a month’s work. The latest email begins:
You’re busted, you devious little popinjay!
He lost me at “You’re”.