Delia Berrigan

Delia Berrigan - Editor

Olathe, KS, USA

Offering the unique perspective of having been a writer, agent, and publisher, Delia discovers, develops, and delivers quality content.

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Overview

I have more than 15 years experience as a publishing industry veteran.

My journey started in the lowly newsroom of a local newspaper company in the Washington, DC metro area, before heading back up north. I simultaneously began my graduate program at NYU and working at John Wiley & Sons. From the publishing house I jumped over to the agenting side where I could have deeper relationships with authors and their work. It seemed to me, and still does, that acquisitions editors in particular are being pulled too far in the direction of meeting quotas and away from the craft of writing and editing. While I was at the Doris S. Michaels (DSM) Literary Agency, I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with amazing authors. I relished discovering new talent, helping refine ideas, synthesizing those ideas into the perfect pitch, shaping book proposals, and getting great books into the world. I got to work on such notable books as New York Times Bestsellers THE MELT METHOD, THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER, and THE HOUSE OF DIMON, Wall Street Journal Bestsellers THE ADVERSITY PARADOX and THE ANGEL INSIDE, and Audie Award winner RAIN.

Hallmark Cards, Inc. came calling as they were looking for someone with both general publishing industry expertise and editorial craft mastery to help guide and expand their gift book division. As the senior editorial strategist and associate publisher, I developed a new line of premium gift books, lead children's book innovation, acquired content from other publishers, directed an editorial staff, and had the joy of working with some of the most talented creative writers on the planet. I'm a strong believer in letting the writer's voice be heard and preserving their distinct style, while still shaping their copy into the strongest possible package. I embrace collaboration in its truest form. I have a deep respect for the writer and the craft of writing while also considering the needs of the market and current publishing business trends.

Now I've launched my own dream with the founding of my business.

Offering the unique perspective of having been a writer, agent, and publisher, I specialize in pitches, query letters, book proposals, manuscript consultations and developmental editing, copywriting and ghost writing.




Delia is a highly experienced editor with a keen sense of today’s literary marketplace. She’s a real “writer’s editor,” with a deep understanding of character development, plot pacing, and more—in both fiction and nonfiction.
—Patricia Crisafulli, M.F.A.


I’ve had the privilege of working with Delia Berrigan Fakis on several top-selling books for Hallmark Cards.
Whether we worked together on the Rainbow Brite children’s series, romantic love books, a book for happily retired people, a book supporting women living with cancer, or my personal book of essays and women’s empowerment writing, because of Delia’s knowledge, insights and support, my work ended up stronger every time.
Delia has obvious respect for writers and writing. She also has broad and deep knowledge of the craft, as well as a nuanced understanding of markets and consumers across genres.
Most importantly, she is a master of collaborative vision building. She helped bring my ideas into clearer focus and made sure that my own voice and vision grew stronger as the work developed.
—Melvina Young, Sr. Writer/Creative, Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Delia offered valuable feedback and insights on the book proposal for THE MELT METHOD. She was professional, easy to work with, and an enthusiastic advocate for the project. Delia really understands the business and craft of writing.
—Sue Hitzmann, "The MELT Method"
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Inspirational
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Picture Books
Women's Fiction

Work experience

President, Primarily Prose

Self-employed
October, 2019 – Present (10 months)

Sr. Editorial Strategist/Associate Publisher

Hallmark Cards, Inc.
July, 2015 – October, 2019 (over 4 years)

Editorial Strategist/Associate Publisher

Hallmark Cards, Inc.
January, 2012 – July, 2015 (over 3 years)

Executive Literary Agent

DSM Agency
May, 2011 – December, 2011 (7 months)

Director of Development

DSM Agency
May, 2008 – May, 2011 (about 3 years)

Subsidiary Rights Specialist

DSM Agency
May, 2007 – May, 2008 (about 1 year)

Literary Agent Assistant

DSM Agency
May, 2005 – May, 2007 (about 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
June, 2004 – May, 2005 (11 months)

Editorial Assistant

Connection Newspapers
July, 2003 – September, 2003 (2 months)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day!

Sue Hitzmann

In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living—in as little as ten minutes a day.With a focus on the body's connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain, and overall health, Hitzmann's life-changing program features techniques that can be done in your own ho... read more

In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living—in as little as ten minutes a day.With a focus on the body's connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain, and overall health, Hitzmann's life-changing program features techniques that can be done in your own ho... read more

The House of Dimon: How JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon Rose to the Top of the Financial World

Patricia Crisafulli

Jamie Dimon is Wall Street's biggest player. Following the 11th-hour rescue of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan, his profile has reached stratospheric levels. And while the deals and decisions he's made have usually turned out to be the right ones, his journey to the top of the financial world has been anything but easy. Now, in The House of Dimon, business writer Patricia Crisafulli goes behind the s... read more

Jamie Dimon is Wall Street's biggest player. Following the 11th-hour rescue of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan, his profile has reached stratospheric levels. And while the deals and decisions he's made have usually turned out to be the right ones, his journey to the top of the financial world has been anything but easy. Now, in The House of Dimon, business writer Patricia Crisafulli goes behind the s... read more

The Baker's Daughter: A Novel

Sarah McCoy

In this New York Times bestseller, two women in different eras face similar life-altering decisions, the politics of exclusion, the terrible choices we face in wartime, and the redemptive power of love.In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperat... read more

In this New York Times bestseller, two women in different eras face similar life-altering decisions, the politics of exclusion, the terrible choices we face in wartime, and the redemptive power of love.In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperat... read more

Through the Storm: Wishing You a Break in the Clouds

Hallmark Gift Books

It's hard when life doesn't turn out like we'd hoped, or throws us unexpected curve balls. Sometimes we need to be reminded that these challenges don't make us any less of a person, or any less loved. Remind someone (or yourself) of that important affirmation with this book full of supportive anecdotes. Makes a thoughtful gift for anyone going through a difficult time.

It's hard when life doesn't turn out like we'd hoped, or throws us unexpected curve balls. Sometimes we need to be reminded that these challenges don't make us any less of a person, or any less loved. Remind someone (or yourself) of that important affirmation with this book full of supportive anecdotes. Makes a thoughtful gift for anyone going through a difficult time.

Hallmark Storybook: Rainbow Brite and the Very Brave Day

Join Rainbow Brite and her friends on an adventure to save the day. As Rainbow Land is threatened by evil, lessons of friendship and bravery are taught at every turn, making this character a true classic.Hardcover; 32 pages.Written by Melvina YoungIllustrated by Jack PullanIncludes leg-warmer attachment.8.25" W x 8.25" H x 1.10" D

Join Rainbow Brite and her friends on an adventure to save the day. As Rainbow Land is threatened by evil, lessons of friendship and bravery are taught at every turn, making this character a true classic.Hardcover; 32 pages.Written by Melvina YoungIllustrated by Jack PullanIncludes leg-warmer attachment.8.25" W x 8.25" H x 1.10" D

When You Need to Know Your Strength: Messages of Hope and Healing for Women Living With Cancer

Melvina Young

Remind a friend or family member living with cancer of the well of strength they possess within themselves. This caring book contains supportive words of encouragement, hope and healing to help them get through this difficult time.

Remind a friend or family member living with cancer of the well of strength they possess within themselves. This caring book contains supportive words of encouragement, hope and healing to help them get through this difficult time.

Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World

Patricia Crisafulli, Andrea Redmond

Nearly two decades after Rwanda's horrific genocide, the country has been transformed. High rises are going up in the capital city of Kigali; a newly established stock exchange is attracting investors; and the economy is transitioning from subsistence agriculture to information and communication technology. In pursuit of the alchemy that made Rwanda such an unlikely success story, Patricia Cri... read more

Nearly two decades after Rwanda's horrific genocide, the country has been transformed. High rises are going up in the capital city of Kigali; a newly established stock exchange is attracting investors; and the economy is transitioning from subsistence agriculture to information and communication technology. In pursuit of the alchemy that made Rwanda such an unlikely success story, Patricia Cri... read more

Power Entertaining: Secrets to Building Lasting Relationships, Hosting Unforgettable Events, and Closing Big Deals from America's 1st Master Sommelier

Eddie Osterland

Master the art of entertaining and cement lasting business relationships in the process You're at a fancy downtown restaurant for dinner with a million-dollar business deal on the table. The waiter hands you the wine list. Now what? So much for that shiny M.B.A. and your powerful business connections. What matters right now, at this moment, is your wine IQ—and your ability to entertain this cl... read more

Master the art of entertaining and cement lasting business relationships in the process You're at a fancy downtown restaurant for dinner with a million-dollar business deal on the table. The waiter hands you the wine list. Now what? So much for that shiny M.B.A. and your powerful business connections. What matters right now, at this moment, is your wine IQ—and your ability to entertain this cl... read more

The Angel Inside: Michelangelo's Secrets For Following Your Passion and Finding the Work You Love

Chris Widener

There will come a time when you must decide to lead the life someone else has chosen for you…or the life you want.According to legend, when a young boy asked the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo why he was working so hard hitting the block of marble that would eventually become his greatest sculpture, David, the artist replied, “Young man, there is an angel inside this rock, and I am sett... read more

There will come a time when you must decide to lead the life someone else has chosen for you…or the life you want.According to legend, when a young boy asked the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo why he was working so hard hitting the block of marble that would eventually become his greatest sculpture, David, the artist replied, “Young man, there is an angel inside this rock, and I am sett... read more

The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success

J. Barry Griswell, Bob Jennings

Harvey Mackay, Doris Christopher, Pete Dawkins, Clay Jones and John Pappajohn know that the answer to how you recover from career toppling adversity, and then go on to achieve pinnacles of success lies in firsthand knowledge of "the adversity paradox". They all attest to having found that the knowledge they gained from overcoming adversity played such a crucial role in their success trajectori... read more

Harvey Mackay, Doris Christopher, Pete Dawkins, Clay Jones and John Pappajohn know that the answer to how you recover from career toppling adversity, and then go on to achieve pinnacles of success lies in firsthand knowledge of "the adversity paradox". They all attest to having found that the knowledge they gained from overcoming adversity played such a crucial role in their success trajectori... read more

Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About Business

Jeffrey J. Fox

RAIN is the first business parable written by bestselling business book author Jeffrey J. Fox. The parable follows a young New England paperboy, named Rain, as he learns the business of being in business and quickly becomes the best paperboy in town. Through a series of humorous poignant vignettes, Jeff illustrates forty "rainmaker" business lessons that can be applied to not only paperboys, b... read more

RAIN is the first business parable written by bestselling business book author Jeffrey J. Fox. The parable follows a young New England paperboy, named Rain, as he learns the business of being in business and quickly becomes the best paperboy in town. Through a series of humorous poignant vignettes, Jeff illustrates forty "rainmaker" business lessons that can be applied to not only paperboys, b... read more

The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico: A Novel

Sarah McCoy

It is 1961 and Puerto Rico is trapped in a tug-of-war between those who want to stay connected to the United States and those who are fighting for independence. For eleven-year-old Verdita Ortiz-Santiago, the struggle for independence is a battle fought much closer to home.Verdita has always been safe and secure in her sleepy mountain town, far from the excitement of the capital city of San Ju... read more

It is 1961 and Puerto Rico is trapped in a tug-of-war between those who want to stay connected to the United States and those who are fighting for independence. For eleven-year-old Verdita Ortiz-Santiago, the struggle for independence is a battle fought much closer to home.Verdita has always been safe and secure in her sleepy mountain town, far from the excitement of the capital city of San Ju... read more

Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Designing and Decorating Special Events

James C. Monroe

Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Décor is the tenth title in the Wiley Event Management Series. It provides event planners with professional-level information that explains how to decorate a location for a special event. From assessing the client's decor needs at an event to staying within a client's budget, it serves as a practical guide to designing and decorating... read more

Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Décor is the tenth title in the Wiley Event Management Series. It provides event planners with professional-level information that explains how to decorate a location for a special event. From assessing the client's decor needs at an event to staying within a client's budget, it serves as a practical guide to designing and decorating... read more

Hallmark Nana's Love is Forever Recordable Storybook Recordable Storybooks Family Juvenile Fiction

Share a sweet rhyming story of a nana's forever love for her grandchildren. When they turn the pages, they'll hear grandma's voice and know you're close at heart.

Share a sweet rhyming story of a nana's forever love for her grandchildren. When they turn the pages, they'll hear grandma's voice and know you're close at heart.

Hallmark Storybook: Rainbow Brite and the Very Brave Day

Join Rainbow Brite and her friends on an adventure to save the day. As Rainbow Land is threatened by evil, lessons of friendship and bravery are taught at every turn, making this character a true classic.Hardcover; 32 pages.Written by Melvina YoungIllustrated by Jack PullanIncludes leg-warmer attachment.8.25" W x 8.25" H x 1.10" D

Join Rainbow Brite and her friends on an adventure to save the day. As Rainbow Land is threatened by evil, lessons of friendship and bravery are taught at every turn, making this character a true classic.Hardcover; 32 pages.Written by Melvina YoungIllustrated by Jack PullanIncludes leg-warmer attachment.8.25" W x 8.25" H x 1.10" D

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Priscilla  Brown
Working with Delia was an absolute pleasure. She is kind, courteous, prompt, witty and thorough. I enjoyed her communication style, which kept me in the loop as to where she was on the project without inundating me with unnecessary updates. Her points as to how I can make my work better were spot on, and she encouraged me in areas where I am writing well. I like that balance. More than any...
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Priscilla Brown, July 2020


Mary Williams
I apologize for this taking so long! Anyway, Delia was a joy to work with. Her demeanor was a great blend of professionalism and down-to-earth sensibility. I wouldn't hesitate to refer another writer to her. Best to you all!

Mary Williams, May 2020

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