I remember one of the first projects I got…
After 3 weeks, the phone rang.
“Hi Joshua. This is Patrick.”
“Hi Patrick!” I replied cheerfully… but there was something in the way he said, “Hi” that didn’t sit right with me.
For some reason, I felt my heart start beating faster. My hands got that sticky, sweaty, clammy feeling, like a dozen slugs had just slimed over my phone.
“Yeah, Joshua… you know we’ve been working on this project together and, well…”
I interrupted him, not wanting to feel the blow that was coming.
This was my first major project… a $5,000 per month retainer project writing long-copy sales letters.
I was in major debt and the electric bill was due (yeah… the electric bill I told you about at the beginning…)
“Yes! I’m really loving working with you guys. This product you created is so cool. Thanks for letting me write about it.”
“Ok, well, here’s the deal”, Patrick said, “This is the 6th revision we’ve had to make. The team and I were reviewing it and we just don’t think we can keep moving forward with you. So, we are cancelling the contract. Thanks for giving it a try.”
I hung up the phone and wanted to fill my wastebasket with the remains of lunch floating around in my stomach.
What was I going to tell Margie?
The fact was… my writing was, well, less than stellar.
I really was trying my best, but it just wasn’t good enough.