The Darlington Society

What is it?

They say writing is a solitary event . . . but it isn’t. Yes, I’m alone at 5 am as I type this. Everyone else is still tucked into bed and fast asleep. Their day will start soon. But the fact is, the effort to take a book from concept to your hands is anything but a one-man show. I’m not a lone cowboy out on this range doing my own thing, riding by my own rules. If I thought that I’d be asking for disaster. No, I’ll be the first to admit this writing thing is a team effort.

The Darlington Society was formed with this team effort in mind. Quite frankly, I need help and support. The Society is a group of readers committed to coming alongside me in this writing process and offering support wherever it is needed, from story planning to promotion to prayer.

Who are They?

Simply, The Society is people, maybe you. Readers, fans, supporters, whatever you want to call yourself. It’s those who recognize the need to support an author in his ministry of writing. No, I’m not asking for money so you can breathe easy. I’m only asking for a willingess to support an author who is following his calling to impact lives one sentence at a time.

The Society is my inner circle, my first line of readers and supporters to bounce ideas off of, to go to with prayer requests, to look to for encouragement and help.

How to Join?

If you wish to join The Darlington Society I ask you to do only two things. 1) Pray about it. I take the Society seriously and hope you will too. This is a reflection of how seriously I take my writing and my desire is to be partnered with others who also take it seriously. 2) Email me at michael_dellosso(at)yahoo.com and tell me you want to be part of the Darlington Society. It’s really that easy. I’ll add you to the mailing list, invite you to the Facebook group, and email you the “badge” to put on your own blog or website.

What are the Benefits?

As with any partnership there’s a mutual scratching of backs. Here’s what you’ll get by being a member of The Darlington Society:

  • You’ll receive an Advance Reader’s Copy of my upcoming release making you one of the first to read the new book before it’s even in the final format. You’ll be weeks, if not months, ahead of everyone else.
  • You will have access to the private TDS Facebook page that’s for members only.
  • You will get an insider’s seat on how the publishing process works. I’ll keep you up-to-date on writing progress, editing, cover art, endorsements, future projects, the works.
  • From time to time you’ll get a chance to give your input on story details (character names, scene locations, vehicles, etc.)
  • You’ll be eligible for 20% off all my coaching/consulting services and anyone who says you referred them will be eligible for 10% off.
  • You will receive a “badge” to post on your own blog recognizing you as a member of The Darlington Society.

What are the Responsibilities?

Okay, here’s where you scratch my back. As a member of The Society, I’ll ask you to:

  • Post a review of my newest release (and any previous releases if you care to) on Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, and possibly your own blog.
  • Help me spread word about my activities and books via Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networking sites you frequent. I’ll pass posts/updates/news along to you and then you can pass it along to those in your circle.
  • Be available and willing to give input, advice, answer questions, or even critique portions of writing if needed.
  • Most importantly, pray for my writing ministry. I’m not going to ask you to pray everyday, I know for most that’s just not realistic, but I will ask you to pray “regularly.” You determine what that means.

Questions? Feel free to post them below and I’ll do my best to clarify any confusion.

  1. WOW!! This is exciting to get an insight into what a writer goes through in getting a book printed! I’ve known that prayer is important and from reading your notes from the authors in your books I know that it’s very valuable – you’ve learned this. I know this too!

    I’m excited about Nov. first and going on this journey with you weather I’m picked or not! It’s going to be fascinating to see what God does!

    Blessings to you

    Nora :o)

  2. Interesting!

  3. I would love to be a part of The Darlington Society. I am already spreading the word about you and your work through Facebook and Twitter and will continue to do so even if not chosen. I have read your books and completely fascinated by them. You are one of the few writers I include on my must-read-all-of-their-books list.

  4. Hi Mike, do you have room for me?

  5. Susan Snodgrass

    Mike, I’ve tried twice to leave posts but evidently I’m doing something wrong. I would love to go on this adventure with you. I have been a fan since your first book. The thing I enjoy about your writing is this: not only is it great writing, but you stand totally unashamed to speak up for the cause of Christ. You are to be commended for that. He is Lord of your life and it comes through in your books. Your books not only entertain but they minister. At least, they have ministered to this reader.
    I think it’s neat that you are praying over your entries. Proverbes 3:5,6 are my life verses and I pray for His guidance about every little thing in my life.
    May He grant you discernment to make the right choices as you continue to honor Him in your writing.
    Susan Snodgrass

  6. Mike is it too late to join? I’d love to have a part in this!!

  7. i would love to be a part of the Darlington Society if it is not too late, I love these kinds of stories to read.

  8. I would love to be a part of the Darlington Society, I think this is a wonderful idea. I have only read two of your books so far and I am starting on a third. I picked up your books a few months ago, your writing is incredible. I will continue to pray for you and the work God is doing through you, God bless.

  9. Mike I would love to be apart of the Darlington Society this coming term! I hope I will be accepted. By the way I loved Rearveiw and am looking forward to A thousand sleepless nights! Please keep me posted. God bless. Praying for you.

    Joshua Rollins

  10. Mike, you know I would be honored to help promote your books as I have in the past. I enjoy your writing and your characters. Saturday, one of the members of my writers group was saying how shocked she was when reading a Ted Dekker book. I told the group to buy your books because they are great stories that fall between the romance novels one member was suggesting and Dekker’s books. I’m very interested in reading and promoting your drama and helping you however I can in pursuing your new genre. So if the Lord leads you, please include me in this new group;

  11. As a new subscriber to your works, I would very much appreciate being involved in the Darlington Society. I have read three of your books now, and have greatly enjoyed them. I would feel privileged to pray for your work and would enjoy getting involved in any aspect of the writing process you wish to share. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. I guess I’m too late to become a charter member but I would still like to join.

    Christopher Meeker

  13. Can I still join?

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