I want a clear and catchy presentation. I prefer simple and clean over complex and arty. An accompanying image that relates to the book title would be good too.
Some covers I like (picking from amazon.com biz bestsellers):
Undercover Boss: Inside the TV Phenomenon ...
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Lessons of a Brand Manager
Stumbling on Wins
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide ...
Carrots and Sticks Don't Work
Some covers I *don't* like:
Appetite for America
The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques
How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life
How To Speak and Write Correctly
I realise many of the books I've noted that I like look similar (big text, clear and a simple accompanying pic) but you can try something different - it's more the clean and clear look I'm wanting than that style per se. Although I do like that style, I still want to stand out a little :-)
Any images used should have clear attribution (preferably creative commons/royalty free).
I am happy to take suggestions on the book title too; at this stage it's a little tongue-in-cheek and that works for me :-)
(BTW, 'How to manage when your manage isn't managing' is intended to be the subtitle, not an alternative title :-)
Attached is a brief book summary.