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Should writers not get paid for outlines?

indianscrewup
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This is just something for all the writers out there, and I really want to know how everyone else tackles with it. 

 

Recently I communicated with a client who wanted me to submit the article outline as part of the Job Proposal. He told me he had asked 3 other writers to do the same. 

 

Then he said he would pay 30% of the amount for the first draft and the rest when final draft is delivered. 

 

My question is - The first draft is 75% of the total work, then why get 30% for it? 

 

And is it fair to submit outlines pro bono, the research does take a lot of time. 

 

I have honestly never done that except for some really big websites where I wanted to be featured and money for just secondary.

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