Thanks for visiting my site – I’m so glad you’re here. This is the place to be if you’re interested in getting more of your writing done in the midst of your very busy life.
I want you to know that I follow Canada’s Anti-Spam Laws.
I promise to keep your email address and any other contact details you share with me private, and to not share them with anyone else.
If you’ve given me your email address by downloading resources from this site, or by otherwise submitting sign-up details for any of my products, programmes or services, then I assume I have your express consent to send you further information and resources, because you actively gave me your email so that I could send you useful information to help you in your writing life. You can ask me to delete any/all of your information at any time and I will do that lickety-split.
And you can ask to unsubscribe at any time by just clicking the unsubscribe button in the latest email I’ve sent.
This site is done in WordPress and uses Google Analytics so yes, I have Cookies. Sadly, not the chocolate chip kind, just the kind that show me if you found the site via Google or Instagram. I also use the Facebook Pixel.
If you find that super-annoying, here's a link to how you can get rid of all your Cookies. (If only that worked for the chocolate chip kind…)
A special note for European friends: I have a tiny writing business based in Canada. I'm not explicitly reaching out to find European customers, and I'm also actively excluding Europe in any/all of my marketing efforts. You're welcome to read any of the free resources you find on my site (i.e. blog posts), but I'd request that you not sign up for my email list or otherwise send me your email or any other personal data, including not signing up for products or services at this time. I'm just not equipped to serve European customers under the very stringent GDPR regulations right now. I will survey my email list semi-annually to ask for location and will remove any European-based addresses. Perhaps we'll meet in person and share an actual cookie sometime, but until then it will have to be au revoir and Auf Wiedersehen. So sad, eh? 🙁
I hope this all seems clear and sounds good. If you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email.
(Now I've got a really bad cookie craving. I'm thinking these, but with oatmeal.)
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We collect Personal Information in order to provide services and/or products to you. In addition, we distribute publications and offer educational opportunities concerning writing, which we provide as a service to you and others in our community.
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How do we collect personal information?
We collect personal information only by lawful and fair means, and only collect personal information that is reasonably necessary for the legitimate purposes identified and for which consent has been obtained.
Information You Provide To Us. The Website provides various places for users to provide information. We collect information that users provide by filling out forms on the Website, communicating with us via contact forms, responding to surveys, search queries on our search feature, providing comments or other feedback, and providing information when ordering a product or service via the Website.
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We use personal information for purposes of presenting our Website and its contents to you, providing you with information, providing you with offers for products and services, providing you with information about your subscriptions and products, carrying out any contract between you and the Proprietor, administering our business activities, providing customer service, and making available other items and services to our customers and prospective customers.
From time-to-time, we may use the information you provide to us to make you offers to purchase products and services provided by third parties in exchange for a commission to be paid to us by such third parties. Should you opt to take part in such promotions, the third parties will receive your information.
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We may disclose your personal information to our subsidiaries, affiliates, and service providers for the purpose of providing our services to you.
We may disclose your personal information to a third party, including a lawyer or collection agency, when necessary to enforce our terms of service or any other agreement between you and the Company.
We may provide your information to any successor or assign in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Proprietor’s assets and/or business.
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it, or for the protection of our legal rights, or when compelled by a court or other governmental entity to do so.
We use appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, use or modification of personal information. Such measures will vary depending on the sensitivity, amount, format, nature and storage of the personal information and will involve, as applicable, physical, organizational and electronic security measures, including premises security, restricted file access, technological safeguards including security software and firewalls to prevent unauthorized computer access, and password and security policies. In communicating with us, you should be aware that e-mail is not a fully secure medium.
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Since we use your personal information to provide goods or services to you, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. If any of your information changes, is inaccurate or incomplete, please inform us so that we can make any necessary changes.
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We will respond promptly to any request for access to your personal information and will advise you of the cost, if any, prior to the retrieval of such records or information. We will not respond to requests for access to personal information that are frivolous, vexatious or repetitious. In certain circumstances, we may be unable to provide access to some or all of the personal information that we hold about you.
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If you are visiting this Website from within the European Union (“EU”), you are entitled to certain information and have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU which include the following:
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- You have the right to request access to your data that we store and the rights to either rectify or erase your personal data.
- You have the right to seek restrictions on the processing of your data.
- You have the right to object to the processing of your data and the right to the portability of your data.
- To the extent that you provided consent to the processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of processing based upon consent that occurred prior to your withdrawal of consent.
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We require only the information that is reasonably required to enter into a contract with you. We will not require you to provide consent for any unnecessary processing as a condition of entering into a contract with us. For more information about your rights as a website visitor from the EU and the GDPR, please see the European Commission website here – https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/justice-and-fundamental-rights/data-protection/2018-reform-eu-data-protection-rules_en.
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Effective as of June 7, 2019