Phil Williams

Phil Williams - Designer

Worthing, United Kingdom

I specialise in design and editing services for SFF fiction and thrillers, with over a decade's experience in self-publishing .

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I provide bespoke cover designs to help get your book noticed. Having been a self-published author since 2012, I have a long background in developing and marketing books, in which time I've produced my own bestselling English guides and a series of popular urban fantasy thrillers.

As my own fiction straddled genres, I've worked hard to understand and combine elements of commercial cover design from different areas. This has given me a kean eye for producing both traditionally positioned book covers and ones that stand out from the norm.

My specialist interests include fantasy, sci-fi and thrillers, though I have built a portfolio of cross-genre projects, including contemporary, romance and non-fiction designs.
English (UK)
Action & Adventure
Science Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Writing & Publishing


  • CE2: Copyediting Headway (SfEP)
  • Breaking into Script Reading (LSF)
  • Copyediting and Proofreading (Chapterhouse)
  • Trinity Cert. IBET (St George Int.)
  • MA History: Merit (University of Nottingham)
  • BA History: First (University of Nottingham)

Work experience


November, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

I have written, edited and designed over 30 self-published books, available in both print and eBook formats. These include the Ordshaw urban fantasy thrillers and a set of bestselling English grammar guides.


June, 2012 – Present (about 10 years)

Since starting out as a self-published author, I have designed and edited over 30 of my own books, including the covers and interiors (some with multiple editions). Since 2020, I have expanded my portfolio to include work across different genres, and now offer services to other authors and publishing houses.


June, 2009 – Present (about 13 years)

Copy editing and writing for novels (YA, fantasy), non-fiction (art history, history, politics), screenplays (thriller, sci-fi, documentary), websites (fashion, energy, manufacturing, travel, finance, environment), academic texts (history, computing, art, sciences), charity marketing material and businesses (applications, bid proposals, white papers).

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