I can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
For each visitor to this Web page, certain information is collected by statistical counters, such as domain name, IP address, geographic location (where your ISP is located), etc. This is not personally identifiable information, just statistical information that helps me to see where most of my visitors come from and what content seems to have the greatest appeal to them.
I collect only the domain name, but not the e-mail address of visitors to the Web page; the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with me via e-mail; aggregate and browser-specific (but not personally identifiable) information on what pages visitors access or visit; information volunteered by visitors, such as name, email address, or URLs that visitors may choose to share when posting comments to our blog. Visitors have the option to post comments anonymously and share no personal information at all. Registration is not required.
The information I collect (via third-party stat counters) is used for internal review and is then discarded; it is used to improve the content of my Web site; it will be disclosed when legally required to do so, at the request of U.S. governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing this Web site and applicable laws or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Web site.
Note: I may, from time to time, play with add-ons and widgets and lord knows what. I’d love to tell you all about them, really – I just don’t always know, or remember to update this thing. So here’s an idea: There is a really nifty site called http://www.ghostery.com/ that has a browser add-on you can install that will alert you to cookies, tell you all sorts of information about each one it finds…well, here, in their own words:
Ghostery sees the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.
Install that. It also lets you block all those things, if you wish. As of this update, my site has the following cookies, bugs, pixies, faery lights (sorry, “beacons”) whatever:
Facebook Connect Widgets
Facebook Social Graph Widgets
Google +1 Widgets
Google Adsense Advertising
Google AJAX Search API Widgets
Google Analytics Analytics
Twitter Badge Widgets
Twitter Button Widgets
Wordpress Stats Analytics
I reserve the right to add stuff to my site, but allowing it is never a condition of your using the site – feel free to raise the shields and block the Klingons! Full warp speed, ahead, Scottie! (Okay, for anyone who thinks I’m not taking this seriously enough, my apologies. Really.)
If you do not want to receive e-mail from me in the future, please don’t subscribe to anything on this site. You know, my grandmother always said, “You have to write letters to get letters.” That’s kind of true of emails from me, too. If you don’t want emails from me, don’t send me any. If you get some you weren’t expecting, let me know by sending an e-mail at the above address. It may be a “spoof” and I’d like to stop that practice every bit as much as you would.
With respect to Ad Servers: To try to bring you offers that are of interest to you, I may have relationships with other companies that I allow to place ads on my Web pages. (“Relationship” may be an overly broad term.) As a result of your visit to my site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address, and clickstream information. For further information, consult the privacy policies of:
I will happily accept cash in the form of you buying my books. I don’t sell them directly, but I do get royalties and they are available through my publisher and most online book stores. You can order them from your local Barnes & Noble, as well.
Upon request I offer visitors the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in any contact information they may have provided in their communications directed to me or to the site. In other words, if you do want to get email from me – let me know what your email address IS, and keep me in the loop if it changes.
Product Reviews, Endorsements, and Passing Mentions
I may write posts reviewing this or that thing – including books, cosmetics, and other products. From time to time, I accept free products; well, really – how else should I review something I never tried before? Go out and buy it? If you ask me to review it and I don’t have it on hand, send it to me – that seems fair enough – but I do not allow that to influence my opinion or review any more than if I’d bought it myself, with my hard-earned cash. It is in order to maintain this level of journalistic integrity that I must decline all offers of free houses, cars, yachts, high-rise office buildings, castles in the south of France, diamonds over .75 carats, and – well, you get the picture. Not that I wouldn’t be honest, but it would certainly make my readers doubt my objectivity, and we can’t have that. I do not accept cash in exchange for product reviews.
I am an no longer an Amazon Associate. Amazon terminated my account (which I’d had since the 1990s, when they first began their program) for failure to earn enough revenues to suit them. It’s a mutually satisfying conclusion to a mutually unsatisfying, unprofitable association.
Please support your local mom & pop, brick & mortar stores. If you choose to shop online, via Amazon, be sure to bookmark https://smile.amazon.com/ so that every sale helps your chosen charity. Mine is the Houston Food Bank:
At this time, the only ads on my site are from Google AdSense. I do not see this changing in the foreseeable future, due to the snake-oil and patent medicine show that lurks in the sleazy underbelly of the Internet. If I do agree to any other advertising, it will be carefully vetted and will not involve sex, pharmaceuticals, gambling, or other topics unsuited to a lady’s drawing room.
I reserve the right to review and promote books I like, from authors whose writing I enjoy. That includes my own, my friends’, and complete strangers. I may be biased, but I won’t lie – not even for a friend. If I don’t like a book, I’ll tell you – or politely keep my mouth shut. I won’t tell you I loved it if I didn’t, and if it bored me, I will review it under “Best Insomnia Cures,” not books. That said, readers’ tastes vary; ultimately, our own libraries are as different as snowflakes, and that is a miraculous and wonderful thing. Read widely and enjoy the journey words carry you on.
To Parents (Kids, Go Get ’em and Make Sure They Read This)
This site is not designed for use by, nor does it target, visitors under age 13. As a parent, I feel that it is a parent’s responsibility to be aware of what their child(ren) are doing on the Internet. I don’t require any personally identifiable information from anyone, and certainly not from minor children. (If you’re a precocious minor child reading this, please go explain it to your adult.) As the author of books for children, young adults, and adults, I recognize that certain content here may appeal to younger visitors. They are welcome to visit with their parents’ approval and/or supervision. I may occasionally write about topics more suitable for adults than for children, I may express political and religious views that differ from those taught in your home, and I may occasionally let loose with a naughty word – but I guarantee that unless they are home-schooled or raised in a convent, children have heard any words I know by the time they reach middle school. (My kids, in fact, taught ME a few new ones.) I strongly suspect that my own children occasionally do read my blog, but then I encourage my kids to read banned books, such as Fahrenheit 451 and Harry Potter. I respect your right, as a parent, not to. Please use your parental discretion to determine whether this site’s content is appropriate for your kids.
Comments and Civil Interaction Policy
I support the First Amendment. I do not delete comments merely because the author expresses disagreement with me or with others here – in fact, I welcome respectful debate and discussion. However, I reserve the right to delete comments on my blog for excessive profanity, threats, or abuse of other visitors to the site.
I reserve the right to delete comments for spammy uselessness and incoherent, irrelevant rambling (that’s not the same as “off topic,” which I actually welcome here, once the “on topic” discussion has run its course – digression is an acceptable conversational device).
Actually, I reserve the right to delete comments for any reason whatsoever – including egregious and repetitive spelling errors – I just won’t exercise that right very often.
Any credible threats or illegal activity will be promptly reported to law enforcement for investigation.
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