[identity profile] crocdragon89.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] artists_beware
Long story short, I had a falling out with a friend who was also a client. To say the "break up" ended on a good note, I don't think it did. And unfortunately, through this nonsense, I wasn't able to finish correcting one of his commissions as we weren't on speaking terms, I kept forgetting, he wasn't rushing to get it finished, and I was working on other commissions at the time. To put it simply, I finally made these corrections, and would like to give them to him, but I don't know how to word the note. I don't want him to think I'm ready to be friends again. I just want to drop his commission off in a professional and buisness like manner, and be on my way. I don't wish to be cold, though. I hold no malace towards him. However, I couldn't say how he feels about me. Regardless, I just want to give him his corrected commission and move on.

I was originally going to put:

"Just dropping this off before I keep forgetting about it. It being a paid piece, it's something that should've been corrected immediatedly, and for that apologize.
Ps. I am contacting you in a buisness manner only."

But I feel that's too "cold". I'm terrible with words, so I'm hoping someone here would be able to help me with this? Thank you.


Edit 1/26/16: I was able to give him his commission. And at first all things seemed to have gone smoothley, but several days later he came back to me, asking to talk because he claims he's tired of "running" and feels there's unfinished business between us. Now, he's not being malicious in his words, he just feels there's something to patch between us, but I don't want to, nor do I feel anything needs to be "patched". I just wanted to give him his commission and be done with it all. But I can't if he won't leave it alone. I'm not asking for advice for this part, because I already responded to him, letting him know that I personally would've been fine to have just given his commission and be on my way, but I decided to let him talk. Stupid move, I know, but I've already said it, and I would feel bad taking it back. So I suppose this is now on me. Still though, thanks to everyone who gave me advice.


Edit 1/31/16: Okay. I was more firm with him this time, and he backed off without any fuss. Things are settled between the both of us, and it looks like things will and should be smooth from here on out. Thanks once more to everyone who has helped me with my original issue.

Date: 2016-01-14 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leahtaur.livejournal.com
I like the phrase you have now, but would leave off the PS. It already sounds professional and business-like to me without it needing to be said.

If he does somehow construe that as wanting to be friends again, you can correct him at that point, and only if needed. "Please do not misunderstand; I was only fulfilling our transaction and consider it complete. I do not desire further contact." Or something along those lines.

Date: 2016-01-14 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mortymaxwell.livejournal.com
If it was me, I would leave out that bit about "forgetting about it" and the P.S.

"Here is your commission. It being a paid piece, it's something that should've been corrected immediatedly, and for that I apologize. Now that you have the art, our business is concluded."

Date: 2016-01-14 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mortymaxwell.livejournal.com
Other suggestion: "Here is your commission. It being a paid piece, it's something that should've been corrected immediately, and for that I apologize. Now that you have the art, our business is concluded and there will be no further contact."



The reason I suggested leaving out the forgetting part is it could potentially come across to the other person like you're making excuses for the delay.

Good luck getting the commission to the client.
Edited Date: 2016-01-14 04:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-16 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheepilyy.livejournal.com
I don't mean to bud in, but I do agree to leave out the "I forgot" part. I feel whenever there is a delay I just express to my clients that there was a delay, but avoid going into details, mostly because I feel it opens you up to argument/feels maybe too personal in ways.

I have yet to have a client ask me WHY there was a delay on the work.

Date: 2016-01-15 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corghi.livejournal.com
I'd leave out the "ps" part. As said above it already sounds professional. What you have already is good. I wouldn't think too much into it.

"Dropping this off with the finished corrections. I apologize for the delay."

Date: 2016-01-16 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lamentobento.livejournal.com
While English isn't my first language, "dropping it off" sounds a little bit, hmm, dismissive? Especially in connection with "before I forget about it". Maybe just leave that out and put it like "I'm contacting you to deliver your commission/corrected work."
But that's just me!
And as everyone else stated, just leave out the P.S. and it sounds perfectly fine.

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