Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This page is intended to let you know what personal information I collect about you, why I collect it, what I will do with it, and how you can choose how I use it.

Privacy is very important and I take your privacy seriously. This policy will provide you with what information I’ll ask you for, and how I’ll use it.

Cookies

This website uses cookies, as well as products that use cookies (Google Analytics, JetPack, Askimet, Mail Chimp, Social Media share buttons, commenting, and others, most of which run in the background) to help me figure out how the site is used, what I can do to improve it, and protect the site when necessary, from spammers, trolls and others with ill intent. The cookies collected do not allow me to collect any personal information about you. I cannot identify you using these cookies, nor would I want to. That’s super intrusive and so not cool! You should see a pop up accept these cookies, when you first visit my site. If you object to the use of these cookies, you can change your preferences at any time. (If you don’t see that opt-in, contact me cause that might mean my site is broken and I’ll want to fix that, ASAP!)

Emails and/or newsletters sent to those of you on my mailing list, and the sign up pop-up on my page, contain cookies, too. I use Mailchimp and they have a a privacy policy going into depth about how they use information when helping me send out newsletters/emails. These cookies identify things like: whether you have opened an email and/or clicked a link within the email. These cookies record things like: your email address, IP address, date and time you opened an email and/or clicked a link. I use this information to help me figure out what kind of information you, as a subscriber, are interested is so I can tailor future newsletters to what subscribers seem to like and take out what’s not working. They also tell me whether a newsletter has performed well or if I need to make some changes in the emails I send you. If you object to the use of these cookies, you must unsubscribe from my newsletter. The link to be able to do this is at the bottom of every email I send you.

For additional information please see the following for more information on what is collected by some of the services this site uses, like WordPress, JetPack, etc, to find out what information they collect and how they use it:

Comments

When leaving a comment on this website, you will be asked for the following:

  • your name, which will be used to identify you within the discussion. Anyone who comments, or otherwise views the post, or comment, will see this
  • your email address, which helps prevent spam as well as allowing you to use services like Gravatar to show a photo next to the comment. No one would see this other than myself, and perhaps those who help keep my site on the internet such as WordPress, GoDaddy, JetPack, Askimet, and/or other sites similar to this (or any I change to in the future.) Without them, I can’t keep the site live, so they may use information that is on my site to help me optimize that, but never to contact you.
  • your website URL, which is an optional field.

This information will also be used by the spam filter I have installed, Askimet, to help stop my site from being flooded by spam, trolls, and spammers. It may also be used by CommentLuv, a plug in I use to help with spam and make commenting easier for blog visitors. Jetpack, another WordPress plugin, helps keep my site secure, as well, and may use your information to help with security. It will also be stored within my site’s database in order to keep your comment on display, should you decide to leave one. For the information that I have access to and control over, you have the right to request that I remove this information from my database and delete the comment; if you would like to make such a request, you must contact me.

Mailing list & Email Communications

You may see my email sign up on my site—as a pop up, on the side bar and using the embedded Google Form(s). When you sign up to my mailing list, I ask you for a variety of information including but not limited to:

  • your name, so I know what to call you
  • your email address, so I know where to send the email
  • when you sign up, you will be asked to provide your consent to what kind of information you want to receive (email, direct, customized online ads, etc). Your information will be stored by Mailchimp, in accordance with their privacy policy. You can change your preferences at any time by updating your profile. The link is at the bottom of every newsletter I send to you. Also, if you want to unsubscribe, you can do that by clicking the link in the email, too. You can also contact me directly.

If you agree to receive email communications, your name and email address will be used to send you my email newsletter. I tend to send out a newsletter and/or email when I have a new book out, when I’m running a deal on a book I’ve already published, have excerpts or deleted scenes to share, cover reveals, publishing news, or if I’m involved in an ebook promotion, among other reasons. You can unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time by updating your profile, unsubscribing, or contacting me.

Customized Online Advertising

I don’t really use customized online advertising. But, if and when, I do, and you have agreed to that (this option is in the newsletter signup form and can be changed using the preferences option in the bottom of the newsletter/email I send to you), I may use your email address to help better target ads on Facebook, Google and/or other social media sites, or to show you ads on these platforms. You can object to the use of your information in this way at any time by updating your profile (that is the easiest way since it give you the control) or by contacting me.

Please note that opting out of customized online advertising doesn’t mean you’ll never see ads for my website, or my books, or for anything else for that matter. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, and similar platforms can still show you ads of all sorts unless you amend your preferences on those specific sites. I don’t have any control over what social media sites show you so if you object to that, you need to change your preferences within those platforms and/or contact them directly per their separate privacy policies.

In Summary:

  • This site collects certain information (cookies, emails given with consent) in order to improve the site, and better understand how effective the content is, as well as to advertise certain products (mostly books, but not all books).
  • Your privacy is important to me, and it will always be the most important consideration when I use your information.
  • I will only use your information with your explicit consent.
  • You can provide or withdraw your consent at any time, or ask that your information be erased, by contacting me. You can message me on social media–see links on this site–or responding directly to one of the newsletters I send to you..
  • The only times I will use your information without your consent is if I have a legal or contractual obligation to do so.

Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thanks for stopping by!