The Trireme -
confusingly named book publisher
This month's Trireme Award - for the "worst terms since I was last chained the oars" - goes to a book publishers with a name very similar to another completely unconnected book publisher (so similar we think our correspondent might have confused the two), which is why we haven't named it.
They offered £75 for coming up with a synopsis of a book and producing three presentation spreads. The response of the freelance offered this rate was reportedly "unprintable," they rejected it. The same freelance was offered another, similar, job soon after by another publisher - four spreads for £500. This demonstrates that the sky does not fall on your head if you say no to atrocious rates.