I am planning to publish a series of books comprised of posts from my long-running website, The West Virginia Surf Report. I'll need covers for both the ebooks, and the 6 x 9 CreateSpace paperbacks.
The site is humor-based, mostly having to do with my "ridiculous adventures in suburbia." It has nothing to do with West Virginia, and the state should NOT be incorporated in the cover design.
Also, even though it's a humor site, I'd like to stay away from "wacky" images, cartoons, etc.
I like colorful, simple designs. I've attached a couple of examples (example1 and example2) to give you an idea of what I'm thinking. However, I'm open to your suggestions. You're the experts, not me!
I've also attached a version created by a friend (ridiculouscover). It's not bad, but not quite as "pro" as what I'm looking for.
Your cover should include the same verbiage as the (ridiculouscover) example: Ridiculous Adventures in Suburbia, Best Of The West Virginia Surf Report!, Volume One, Jeff Kay.
Of course, it should work well as both a book cover and an Amazon thumbnail.