...a client calls and offers a freelance project with a budget less than $1000.00 of what is considered industry standard?
...that same client gets the art specifications to you a week later than they said they would, although the deadline does not change?
...that same client shortens your deadline because their production schedule has changed?
...that same client isn't willing to give you any extra time to meet their deadline, so you stay up all night to get the final paintings in the mail before FedEx closes?
...that same client pays you more than 90 days(3 months) after you ship and invoice the artwork because they have a policy of not processing invoices until after publication although they didn't tell you that before hand?
...that same client doesn't return your calls in regards to "where's my money at," even though you left several very trying-to-be-nice messages?
...that same client has a "why are you bothering us" attitude when you finally get in touch with of them?
...that same client repeats all of the above steps three months later but you accept the work again thinking maybe it was all just a big misunderstanding and would never happen again? But it does.
...that same client fails to send you printed samples, but you don't want to call and get that same "why are you bothering us" attitude again?
...that same client never returns your original artwork even though they are contractually obligated to do so and they've had your art for over a year and they ignore your phone calls and emails?
...that same client calls you again to offer you another project, and you accept only because you figure it's the only hope you have to get your original art returned, so you promise to take on the project in exchange for them returning your artwork a.s.a.p.? But they still don't.
...when that same client is a big-name, well-known children's publishing company who every children's illustrator wants to be able to work with at some point in their publishing career just to be able to claim on their resume that they've worked with __________, but only if they knew beforehand how they'd be treated, they'd give it a second thought?
...you can blog about them without revealing who they are because they might read your blog and you still might consider working for them again because money is money regardless how they treat you?
Unrelated thought for the day: Why is it that our society rewards stupidity with wealth?