In the classic and, IMO, positively brilliant 1940 film The Philadelphia Story , Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart are having a conversation about the social classes--she being quite wealthy and he being rather not. He's a short-story writer/poet at heart with one book published but, so as to enjoy the luxury of eating regularly, he's turned his literary talents to tabloid journalism. He and his photographer girlfriend, Ruth Hussey, are assigned to cover Kate's high society wedding to a coal-mining tycoon, thanks to an "invite" weedled through Kate's ex-husband, the dashing Cary Grant. Oh, the plot complications that ensue!!
But, despite Kate's horror at this intrusion of privacy and Jimmy's irritation at having to work such a frivolous event, it turns out the two aren't really at odds by the movie's midpoint. They, in fact, find themselves discussing writing--one of Jimmy's short stories in particular--which includes the line, "With the rich and mighty, always a little patience." The prejudice (on his part) is that there's an element of cluelessness amongst the very privileged, and you have to just take a deep breath and slowly explain to them how things work in the real world.
This weekend, it occurred to me there should be a similar phrase with regard to novel publishing: "With debut writers, always a little patience." Perhaps I need a t-shirt...because my level of cluelessness about a number of non-writing elements (i.e. marketing details) has led me to want to clasp the hands of understanding ad designers who, I can see in my mind's eye, are taking very deep breaths while emailing me back and trying to explain the latest thing I don't understand. Scan it as a what? A "two-inch wide, 300 dpi resolution" image, you say? But, um, I don't have a scanner. And, what's a "tif" file?? Oh, and, I've got another question about the formatting. And about Design Option 2...
Yeah. With non-techie-digital-photo-challenged debut writers, always a little patience.