I’m Amelia Dellos, a storyteller based in Chicago.
As a storytelling siren, media maven, MFA candidate, and writing instructor, it's my mission to use the magic of storytelling so that through the power of story I can uplift others by creating community through connection.
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Dee is an unemployed accountant managing an anxiety disorder and an eviction notice. She's also a powerful witch, but she doesn't know that yet.
Until one fateful night, when her reality cracks wide open. Two witch hunters attack her, and she finally learns the truth.
Well, part of it. As a descendent of Joan of Arc, her family is the “guardian of the ring.” Uncovering this information only leaves her with more questions. Why did her coven banish her for three hundred years? Why is the ring so important? Why has her true identity been kept a secret from her?
To put all the missing pieces together, she must go on a series of mind-altering quests. She’ll risk life and limb to recover the facts traveling through time from the court of the Sun King Louis XIV of France to the Salem Witch Trials. Meanwhile, she searches Chicago’s shadows to find and translate her family's grimoire pages, only to discover she’s the guardian of King Solomon’s ring and the power it holds to command good and evil.
From the safety of reality to the underbelly of a secret world, she must take her rightful place to protect witches and humans from the ring.
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Amelia is my name.
Storytelling is my game.
I believe a well-crafted story can change the world.
I have seen firsthand how clear, concise messaging can change an organization from the inside out. I'm an MFA candidate and instructor at Columbia College Chicago.
I’m a master content creator.
I have what they call an integrated marketing communications background. What does that mean? I’m an enthusiastic big picture creative type who can strategize, conceptualize, and create meaningful content from start to finish. A maven of a well-crafted pitch that producers book.
I’m also a PR pro and entrepreneur.
In my twenty-five-plus year (but who’s counting) career, I’ve worked in publishing, internet start-ups, the for-profit world, the nonprofit world, boutique communications agencies, and the Illinois Lottery. These communications positions have included the following vertical markets: healthcare, hospitality, business travel, retail, the arts, real estate, gaming, and government.
I’ve also launched not one but three businesses. After the birth of my daughter, I created AED Communications and specialized in working with small, women-owned businesses. Most recently, I led COVID-19 crisis communications for the Illinois Lottery. I’m working on a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Northwestern University. As I work on my creative projects, I’m also mentoring and coaching writers.
Since co-founding Corn Bred Films in 2011, LOVE UNDER FIRE: THE STORY OF BERTHA AND POTTER PALMER, an historical documentary I produced and directed, aired on PBS Chicago and currently airs on the Hilton channel. The film was also selected for the 2014 Women's International Film Festival. OTHER PLANS, a romantic comedy I co-wrote and produced starring comedian Jamie Kennedy was released on video-on-demand in 2015. Our current project ORIOLE PARK, a coming-of-age thriller, is in pre-production and was the winner of the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival’s The Pitch and was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Sundance International Writer’s Lab.
I’m looking for representation for DELILAH: RECOVERED. The manuscript won a 2017 Watty on the international platform Wattpad.
A short story I wrote, “Psychopomp,” was recently published in Writing in Place: Stories from the Pandemic. It debuted on Amazon at #4 in Essays and #19 in Short Stories.
Public Relations Services
What’s the hook?
As a savvy media maven that’s the first question, I always ask myself that question before pitching a product, service, or client. Producers love working with me because I’m a double threat because I pitch compelling segments, and I’m super organized too. I send over a detailed call sheet before each and every segment.
Communications Strategy & Planning
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Communications & Community Building
Brand Strategy & Positioning
Social Media Campaigns
Conducted COVID-19 crisis communications for the Illinois Lottery
Developed an award-winning 2019 Responsible Gaming Holiday Campaign for the Illinois Lottery
Created an in-house video content production team for Camelot Illinois
Launched “Theater Thursdays” a city-wide weekly theater program now in its fifteen year
Produced a TODAY SHOW Baconfest Chicago segment with celebrity chef Bobby Flay
Established relationships and media outreach with social media influencers to promote new product launch for Magna-TilesⓇ
Doubled press coverage for clients during tenure at Agency 360
Created “World’s Largest Brat” promotion for Berghoff Restaurant which generated more than 400 press hits worldwide
Developed customized online contests and sweepstakes for Q-Interactive (formerly CoolSavings.com) CPG clients
As a public relations professional, my only purpose is to tell your story in a clear, concise, creative, and authentic manner that speaks to your organization's brand promise.
I've experienced first-hand how smart and strategic marketing communications can transform an organization from the inside out in my career.
When done right, a good story and thoughtful communications plans will always bring about a positive seismic organizational change, and being a part of that transformation excites me.