I’m working with a client, creating covers for study guides to other books.
Client: I want the covers to look exactly like the books they’re covering – enough that someone might be this instead of the original.
Me: That could be considered plagiarism. It would be much safer for me to come up with something similar, but different.
Client: I insist.
I spent too much time going through thirty revisions, each time getting closer and closer to the original designs. Finally, I send the 29th version, only to find out that one of the two people that have been receiving the versions didn’t actually understand that what they were receiving were ACTUALLY the book covers. This was after a month.
The primary client looked at the latest version and decides that the cover looks close enough to the text that it’ll work for now, “since once it goes to the publisher, they’re going to put their own cover on it anyways.”
Cue internal screaming. It’s still going. I’ll let you know when the screaming actually stops.