What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When using the website, you may provide us with certain personal data, which include any of the following: your first and last name, your e-mail address should you sign up for the newsletter and join the launch team, any personal data which you provide us in the text box of the contact form, and if you should win anything, your shipping and/or billing address and/or if you make a purchase on this website when items for sale become available, your credit card information (collectively “Personal Information”).
While using this Website, you may voluntarily provide information or submissions. If you leave a comment on this Website, you are giving implied consent for this comment and your information to appear on my Website. In leaving a comment, your name and email address will not be shared with any third party. We may use your email address solely to respond to your comment. However, we are not liable or responsible for the actions of other individuals and the unauthorized use by such information that you voluntarily share. We have public social media accounts and social sharing options on this Website. If you choose to interact on social media with us or any of our accounts, you are advised that any interactions on those accounts are publicly available.
When comments are made available on this website, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
When you visit the Service, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets us help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Service (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the Service), and allow us or our business partners to track your usage of the Service over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Service may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Log file information
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the Service. When you use our Service, our servers automatically record certain log file information. Like many other sites, this Website collects information that your browser sends automatically (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (“IP address”), browser information, Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) information, the pages of our Website that you visit, time spent on those pages, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Service, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information and statistics. We may also use third-party services such as Google Analytics to collect, monitor and analyze Log Data.
Information from third parties
We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access our websites or Service through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Prolific Works by signing up to receive free books in exchange for your email and subscription to the author’s newsletter or through Facebook, by “following,” “liking,” the author page or book pages, linking your account to the said pages, that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to us. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, and to allow you to invite your friends to use our Service as well as provide you with updates if and when your friends join. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to our websites. You may also unlink your third party account from the Service by adjusting your settings on the third party service.
We use MailerLite to manage our email marketing subscriber list and to send emails to our subscribers. MailerLite is a third-party provider, which may process your data using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletter. You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.
We use Prolific Works to distribute copies of our books. Prolific Works is a third-party provider, which may collect your name and e-mail in order to receive the book copy. Your name and e-mail will be connected to our Mailerlite service where you can unsubscribe from our newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.
We use Akismet as an anti-spam service. The information Akismet collects may include your IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by you such as your name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
When you access the Service by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the Service. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Service. Some features of the Service may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
When you access the Service by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use the Service. Some features of the Service, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
Use Of Your Information
We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. By signing up for the newsletter or the launch team, you are giving consent that we may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, entertaining or promotional information, or activities and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences by clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of any of the emails sent or email: email@example.com. We also use your information to send you Service-related emails (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of Service-related emails. We do not send out spam or misleading information. We will not sell, trade, rent or share your email address unless otherwise noted.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the Service. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
Clear gifs/web beacons
When you use the Service, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Service.
Sharing of Your Information
Except as otherwise stated in this Policy, we do not sell, trade, rent or otherwise share your Personal Information with third parties without your consent. However, we may share Personal Information with vendor service providers of this Website, such as the servers for our email newsletter. Those vendors use your Personal Information only at our direction and in accordance with this Policy and their Policy.
Sharing certain service type information we collect about you
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third-party business partners for analytic purposes. We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
Instances where we are required to share your information
What happens in the event of a change of control
We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Your information such as customer names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the Service may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company. You consent that such transfer may occur and is permitted by this policy.
Security and Storage of Your Information
This website and other linked websites direct you to input your information into a third party’s database such as MailerLite for email marketing, Prolific Works (formerly Instafreebie) for an email address in exchange for FREE Books and GKG and Google Analytics for analytic purposes. We encourage you to read their privacy statements and terms as well as what their process is in alerting you should a data breach occur. Please also reference the third party sections in this policy.
Third Party Services
We make every attempt to keep your Personal Information secure, but realize that no transmission over the internet is 100% secure. We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, but we cannot guarantee absolute security. By using this Website, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks. If you make any purchases on this Website, you may be asked to provide a username and password during checkout. We contract with outside vendors in order to provide commerce, email, and subscription services. We do not collect or store any other information during the checkout process other than what was listed in the Collection section of this policy and what we do collect and store is with other vendors (GKG, Facebook, MailerLite, Google Analytics, etc.), but you acknowledge that the outside vendor may have access to your Personal Information. We do not personally store any of your information on any non-third party vendor. If you are asked for a shipping address if you won something from a promotion, it will be used to ship your item and then promptly disposed of. This may result in asking for your shipping address multiple times should you win multiple times. All other information is hosted and stored by third parties. Please see the vendor’s website to review their terms.
This Website and a linked website does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 16 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 16, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Choices about Your Information
You control your account information and settings: You may unsubscribe to email communication at any time by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of any email communication or by emailing email@example.com.
We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your information, you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: October 2018