So instead of writing this week, I decided to try out the free cover maker website linked above. I made these covers in a few hours spending...no money.
Which proves that I'm cheap.
And that I have too much time on my hands.
Essentially, it proves I'm a mom.
Sarah's is my favorite... Although it's cropped weird. SoOo cheesy.
Here is the recipe for making an awesome cover.
First, write an awesome title.
(This is harder than it looks. Check http://theprosers.blogspot.com/2011/12/wait-does-this-need-title-too.html for tips.)
B, search royalty free websites for an awesome picture. There's a good chance you could get a stock photo that would work perfectly for free, or less than 15 dollars.
Next, if you can't find a good photo, you can always check out deviantart.com. If you find an artist you like, there's a good chance they might design a cover for you for the cheap, or even just for the publicity.
Fourthly, once you have a plan, and/or a picture/ and or just some free time, check out http://www.myecovermaker.com/ecover-design. Play around with it. After a few fun fake covers, you will learn what you are doing, I promise. It's super, super, easy/free. You have to become a member to upload pictures,( which costs less than ten dollars) but it is a heck of a lot easier to use than Indesign, or Photoshop, or Gimp. It's very point and click. If you can't figure out how to make it flat, check the upper right hand corner in the finalize stage where it say's 2D. It took me a few days to figure out how to do that.
There you go. Simple. I've just saved you several hundreds of dollars.
Good luck with it!