Privacy policy

tl/dr: I’m not a big company. I’m not even a small company. I’m just one person, an author publishing my books myself. I respect and value my readers, newsletter subscribers, site visitors, and my own integrity. I collect a minimal amount of information needed to send my newsletters and make decisions regarding my site and my writing/publishing business. (For example, if I see that I have a large number of site visitors/newsletter subscribers from a certain country, I can make sure to optimize my books’ availability in that country.) I do not share this information with anyone except in a few necessary circumstances (see #3 below). I do not rent or sell this information. I do not use it to snoop into your life, spam you, or follow you around the internet.

1. Information I collect:
When you sign up for my email list on my website, I collect your email address via Mailchimp. Other list-building services I’ve used, such as InstaFreebie, may also collect your first and last name. I don’t need, want, or use your name for anything. If you suspect your name is included with your address on my email list and you want it removed, email me at: and I’ll remove it.

My email provider, Mailchimp, logs your country, how many and what emails you open, and what links you click.

For Mailchimp’s privacy policy, read here.

For Instafreebie’s privacy policy, read here.

My website provider, WordPress, may log some data in connection to visits to my site. Read their privacy policy here. Clicking on the social media buttons on my site may result in cookies being placed on your computer. If you don’t want those cookies, don’t click those buttons. You can also set your browser to refuse cookies.

To leave a comment on my blog, you will need to provide a name and an email address. Please be aware that the name and any other information your provide in blog comments will be publicly viewable.

I do not use Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook pixels, or other advertising/tracking services.

2. What I do with this information:
I collect your email address only via Instafreebie or Mailchimp so I can send you email newsletters. The newsletters will include (but are not limited to) news about new releases and special offers, news about multi-author promos, featured and recommended books, progress reports and sneak peeks, updates on my life, and links to free stories. I usually send about twice or thrice a month.

Information about email opens, link clicks, and open locations helps me gauge the success of my email campaigns and improve future campaigns, sort subscribers into different groups in order to send them emails of particular interest, optimize my books’ availability, and other things to improve my business and serve my readers better.

For Mailchimp’s privacy policy, read here.

For Instafreebie’s privacy policy, read here.

I don’t use email addresses used in commenting on my blog for anything. If you contact me via e-mail, I reply to the email address you provided.

3. Sharing:
I don’t share your information with anyone, other than with my email provider, Mailchimp, or if complying with a legal requirement.

Your information is stored on Mailchimp and WordPress, respectively. I may also store a backup copy of the email addresses on my subscriber list in Google Drive, a secure cloud storage service.

I am not responsible if Mailchimp, WordPress, or Instafreebie experience a data breach. However, if I do hear about such a breach, I’ll do my best to let you know.

4. How long I keep your information:
Your information on Mailchimp remains until I delete it. You can unsubscribe from my email list any time through the link included in each of my newsletters or by emailing me with a request to unsubscribe, but your information remains on Mailchimp to prevent re-subscribes unless you ask me to delete it.

If you want me to delete your information, send your request to and I’ll do my best to remove it in a timely manner.

5. Children under age 15:
This site, my newsletter, and my books are intended for adults and older teens, ages 18 and up. If you are under the age of 16, please do not provide me with any of your personal data, including your email address.

6. Your rights in relation to your personal data:
• to see what Personal Data I hold about you (if any), including why I am holding it;
• to ask me to change/correct your Personal Data;
• to ask me to delete your Personal Data;
• to ask me to restrict the collection, recording, and use of your Personal Data;
• to withdraw any consents you have given me to the collection, recording, and use of your Personal Data; and
• to express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data.

I am not responsible for the policies and practices of third parties.

7. My website and blog contain links to other sites. I am not responsible for the policies and practices of other sites.

Other links on this site may also lead to products for which the owner may receive compensation.

9. Cookies.
Some information is tracked using cookies, or small text files which include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to a user’s browser from our servers and are stored on the user’s computer hard drive. Sending a cookie to a user’s browser enables us to collect Non-Personal Information about that user and keep a record of the user’s preferences when utilizing our services, both on an individual and aggregate basis. The Company may use both persistent and session cookies; persistent cookies remain on your computer after you close your session and until you delete them, while session cookies expire when you close your browser. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser help file directions. If you choose to disable cookies, some areas of the site may not work properly.

10. Contact:
Under the GDPR, I’m required to have a “data controller/data protection officer.” I’m not a big company, I’m not even a small company, I’m just one person, so that’s me. If you have questions or concerns about your data, such as wanting to know what data I have on you, request a copy of your data, unsubscribe from my email list, correct your information, or request that your data be deleted, contact me at

11. Third parties:
Wordpress’s privacy policy:
Instafreebie’s privacy policy:
Mailchimp’s privacy policy:

Other links on this site may also lead to products for which the owner may receive compensation.

The EU says I have to say this: this site uses cookies to track page views, link clicks, and other information useful for running this site.

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Sonya Lano

Sonya Lano

Owner of two cats and huge dreams and author of any kind of love story so long as wild stuff is going on...

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