A client contacts me for a book cover design, lets me know the details and at the end of the brief he mentions:
Client: The author of my book cover is very beautiful, she looks like this: [link to a photo]
Me: Ok, I suppose you want to use her picture on the front cover, or somewhere smaller on the back bio?
Client: NO we don’t want a picture of her. That is NOT her real picture. I am just trying to show you what she looks like.
Me: Uhhh… okay. Well, moving on, can you please attach 2-3 examples of book cover styles you/she think are fit for this?
Client: I don’t have examples of book cover that would fit. We want you to do something creative not to limit the imagination.
Between me not knowing what they were on about with the “author photo” and them not knowing what they want, I think I’m gonna pass.