Phillip Dannels

Phillip Dannels - Designer

San Diego, CA, USA

Science fiction and fantasy book covers that are bold, stylish, and marketable. Many covers in the Aethon Books catalogue.

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Hey y'all! I'm Phil, and I'm a cover designer who specializes in the genres that are especially close to my heart - science-fiction and fantasy. I love bringing far-off worlds and imagined places to vivid, visual life. In addition to helping self-published authors do this for nearly five years, I've also contributed artwork for Aethon Books' extensive sci-fi catalogue.

Flexibility is huge for me - making sure that authors have a wide variety of options based on their time and budgets. I like to start by emailing/Reedsy messaging back and forth to get a general feel for your story, teasing out any beats or moments you might want visually represented on the cover. At the end of this conversation, I'll send you a quote.

From there, I'll start the rough copy. This is a low-detail, unfinished version of the cover that captures several important bits of information - the overall mood, color scheme, placement of important elements, ect. I'll send you this within a week of starting, and we can work together on changes to make sure it fits your vision.

Once that's done, I dive in to the final and make the magic happen. Here's where the cover comes to life, adding the final details and effects to really make it shine. When that's finished and you've approved it, I'll send you all of your final materials!

Let me know if you have any additional questions, and I can't wait to work with you!



“Aethon Books has worked with Phil on dozens of books and he has consistently provided some of the strongest covers in our catalogue. We will work with him until the end of time!“

Steve Beaulieu, Editor at Aethon Books

Epic Fantasy
Military Science Fiction
Space Opera

Work experience

Book Cover Designer

July, 2017 – Present (about 5 years)

Cover design, specializing in military science fiction and space opera.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Red Widow Group: The Golden Donderi Saga

Dore, Daniel, Dannels, Phillip

Inkling of Truth

Bryant, Saffron

Phillip has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Daniel Dore
Again, a incredible cover by a super nice guy. He's able to see my thoughts and put them into images. Thanks again Phil for your great work.

Daniel Dore, August 2022

Mike McCoy
I enjoyed working with Phillip. He is an incredibly talented artist. He quickly grasped the vision for the book cover and provided several concept images. He worked very diligently and provided updates throughout the process. I highly recommend Phillip and hope to work with him again on future projects.

Mike McCoy, July 2022

Phillip Dannels
Thanks so much, Mike. I had a blast creating both the cover and the extra content for TAC Force, and I'm excited to collaborate again!

Reply from Phillip Dannels

Daniel Dore
I would enter six stars, but sadly only five are offered. Quick work, excellent quality and great to communicate with. I will definitely have Phil create the cover for my other books in the series.

Daniel Dore, July 2022

Phillip Dannels
Thanks so much, Daniel! I loved working on this project with you, and I appreciate the creative freedom you allowed. Can't wait to collaborate again!

Reply from Phillip Dannels

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