Hi, I’m Donna McDonald and I own and operate donnamcdonaldauthor.com
So, how do I use your data?
- I use it to make a tailored website available to you
- For market research purposes, so I can see which of my books you like!
- With your permission, to send you newsletters about new releases, special sales, and other offers.
- Where I have a legal duty or right to use or disclose your info (for example, in relation to an investigation by a public authority or in the case of a legal dispute).
As part of the signup process for my email newsletter, I collect personal information.
I use that information for a couple of reasons: to tell you about stuff you’ve asked me to tell you about; to contact you if I need to obtain or provide additional information; to check my records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. I don’t rent or trade email lists with other organizations and businesses.
You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of my emails. Occasionally, I use Instafreebie and Bookfunnel to offer free books. I do not set these services to mandatory information collection.
Please feel free to view their privacy policies:
- Instafreebie – https://www.instafreebie.com/about/privacy
- Bookfunnel – https://bookfunnel.com/privacy/
How mailing lists work on my site
Because of the wide variety of genres I write in these days, I decided to not inflict unwanted information on readers who only read one genre or the other. I divided my large mailing list into two smaller lists–one for contemporary and one for paranormal (science fiction romance, fantasy romance, and paranormal romance). I genuinely, sincerely only want you to hear about the books and series you love.
You may unsubscribe at any time by following the link at the bottom of any email you receive from me. I am always happy to take suggestions about the value of the email you receive. You can write me back at the address included in the email and send me any feedback you want.
Here are the direct links to each of the two email list groups if you want to see the specific signup form for each:
I Love Romantic Comedy http://eepurl.com/dkKSpT
I Love Paranormal Books http://eepurl.com/dkKRx1
Disclaimer about Mailing List Website Signup Form
It is not practical to put two signup forms all over my website so I had to come up with a way to have one.
The website signup form on my website asks for genre-specific information. This list is a little different than my “real” mailing lists. On a regular basis, I sort those website signups by your answers and move readers into either the contemporary mailing list, the paranormal mailing list, or both if a reader answers yes to both questions.
The website mailing list stays at zero subscribers and is not used for actual mail. It is just a simple way to help me sort you since I don’t have a sorting hat like Hogwartz does in the Harry Potter novels.
I may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to my website. I may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, I will not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
I disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on my behalf or to provide services available at my websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.
I will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.
Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, I disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when I believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect my property or rights, third parties or the public at large.
Cookies cannot know any personal information by themselves, you would have to enter that information onto the website they reside on and I do not use any tracking cookies (so basically you leave my site and I wave goodbye, I don’t have anything that monitors your movements after you leave me!).
BUT, if you prefer not to have cookies enabled, then please… set your browser to disable them before using the site. Some things might look a little strange but you’ll still be able to use the site!
Access to your personal information
You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that I hold. Click update preferences on my Newsletter.
Email and Personal Information Collected By Direct ebook Purchases from Payhip
If you buy ebooks directly from me via Payhip, the email collected from you is used by Payhip to deliver a link to download your ebook. Your email address is also added to a list at Payhip which is used to send you information about the purchase you just made.
Additionally, when you make a direct ebook purchase, your email will be added to one of my “Donna McDonald” mailing lists — I Love Romantic Comedy (contemporary) or the I Love Paranormal Books (paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy). I will use your email address to send information about my store sales as well as new book releases. You are free to unsubscribe from any of the Donna McDonald lists at any time.
However, please keep in mind that Payhip will add you back when future purchases are made because a valid email address is a necessary requirement for buying directly. It is used to deliver your ebook to you and to track your purchase of the ebook.
This policy was last reviewed and updated October 9, 2018.