Phillip Dannels

Phillip Dannels – Designer

Sci-fi and fantasy book covers that are bold, stylish, and marketable. Many covers in the Aethon Books catalogue. Covers from $1000.


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


Jul, 2017 — Present

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

Phillip has 18 reviews





Thom B.

Thom B.

Jul, 2023

I love working with Phil, this was our third project together, and I'll continue to reach out to him for more covers in the future.
Gregg O.

Gregg O.

Jul, 2023

It just couldn't have gone any better. Phillip was right on top of everything (and I did make a few changes), and the cover is gorgeous.
Glen O.

Glen O.

Jul, 2023

Phillip was a delight to work with. It was a pleasure to work with him to bring a visual to my ideas. He delivered a top notch result for a very fair price. I can easily recommend his services to anyone looking for a stunning cover for their book.
Grant R.

Grant R.

Mar, 2023

Working with Phillip Dannels was an amazing experience. Phillip would always be open for my input when creating the cover design for my work. And how he interpreted the image I envisioned for the cover, he exceeded all my hopes and delivered a breathtaking piece of artwork. When working with Phillip, I wanted to make sure that he and I were on the same page when it came to creative decisions a...
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Thom B.

Thom B.

Mar, 2023

Great artwork and also offers great advice too. Highly recommended!

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