I just flagged a potential client becase he listed his payment as:
"Pay is on 50/50 royalty share basis contact me for more info"
As far as I'm concerned, this is asking for free work.
I've seen a number of these posts lately.
What is the official UpWork position on royalties?
Yeah my poor attempt at humor.
There seems to be a rash of people who want freelancers to work for "royalites". I've had a bunch contact me, but this one was too much. I had another issue with a client who wanted me rewrite 2000 words. What the heck is going on out there?
I wrote a lot of ebooks at the beginning of the year and also had someone offer it. Of course, I said no.
I posted this elsewhere but recently got invited to write 5000 words for $40, and the sad and funny part about it is that before I could bid the $1500 for the time it would take me to do what he wanted, he already hired some loser who agreed to it. The high bid was $100, so at most he paid $100 for it. I'm sure it's gonna be a load full of plagiarized junk that he can be proud of.
There is a rant Harlan Ellsion does in "Dreams With Sharp Teeth", a doccumentary about him. Seems the company doing the extas for the Babalyon Five DVD tried to get him to work for "exposure". It's hilarious.