A freelancer who edits books has gone viral after sharing screenshots of a text message conversation he had with an author.
The prospective business client claimed to have written the “next Twilight”, but threatened to name the “meanest” character after him if he wouldn’t work for free.
Posting on Reddit, the man explained that he was sent the text from a number he didn’t recognise.
When asked, the customer said that a friend had recommended him.
They added that they had written a large book about a Princess who falls in love with a vampire leading to a star-crossed romance.
They didn’t want any plot recommendations, but needed help checking the spelling and grammar, reports the Mirror.
The editor quoted him $300 (£220) to check the work as it would take around 16 hours to complete.
But, the client was outraged by the price and told him that they were unemployed and living at home.
Having explained the reasons behind the price, the editor tells them they will not work for free as they also have a full-time job and a family.
The author then replied: "Umm I haven't made any money off the book yet, it's self-published on (redacted) so I can't pay that much but it shouldn't need much.
"Like I said I've been working on it for over two years and it's already pretty solid just needs grammar, spelling, that sort of thing.
"The thing is that I haven't been able to work for the last couple of years, had to move back in with my parents in order to devote all my time to writing and my dad lost his job due to covid so it's just my mom supporting all of us and I can't ask for much right now."
The editor apologised and said that they wished them “good luck”, but would be unable to help at this time.
The author then replied: "You have another job probably making good money and you're gonna charge $300 when I can't work?
“Come on, I'm letting you read the book for free and it's really good, probably gonna be a best seller and I'll thank you by name in the book plus you'll get a free copy when I make enough to do a print one.
“Imagine being able to say that you were one of the first people to ever read Twilight."
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The editor claimed to never have read Twilight as it’s not his kind of book to which the author said: "This sucks. (redacted) said you were really nice and I thought you'd be happy to help out a struggling writer and maybe get famous in the process.
"Guess you'll just have to wait until the book comes out and pay to read it like everybody else.
“Maybe I'll name one of the ugliest, meanest characters after you and you'll get famous anyway that way. Hater's gonna gate."
Reddit users quickly made fun of the struggling writer.
One said: "Ooh, they get to read it for free? Guess what? I can do that at a library, and I don't have to edit it!"
While another added: "Dude really just made a twilight fanfic and went out to harass an editor."
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