That has happened to me twice this week. I don't see it a loss because the first job I never considered as an option.
I was asked to write an 80,000-word book in the style of Game of Thrones, and this was supposed to be after re-reading and editing his ideas. I did suggest March as the earliest time frame, but all has gone dead since December.
The second project was for an article about living with my disabilities, this was only a "quickie," for $10, but it would have been nice to be told I wasn't wanted.