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Privacy Policy

Preface

At the end of the day, all we really want to do is sell books (and possibly associated merch) to people that enjoy our writing, and to build that community. That’s it really. Our goals are to:

  • Find readers who enjoy our work enough to spend their hard-earned money on it.

  • Communicate with our readers and get to know them.

  • Be able to support ourselves financially with our writing, which would then mean we can write yet more books in a happy little feedback loop.  

To make these things happen we need a website, a newsletter, and links to shops and social media. In short, all the usual author stuff. We also have far-off dreams of an online shop on our website selling trinket plushies too. (We’re all allowed to dream!)

In order to have the above things, we encounter the inevitable issue of collecting information from people who indicate they like our writing and want to know more about what’s going on in our world. E.g. When we’re actually going to make trinket plushies a reality. So in order for people to be added to our mailing list, or to buy things from us etc. with peace of mind, we need to tell you how we’ll use your data.

We can very definitely assure you that as full-time authors running our own publishing business, we have absolutely no interest in hoarding or selling the data of others. Our time is far better spent writing more books and yes, thinking of trinket plushie designs.

However, we also understand that it’s very important to have a proper Privacy Policy that lays out how we use and store your data in much more formal language, taking into account things like GDPR etc.

Privacy Policy

Swashbuckler Press’s overall policy is to respect your privacy regarding any information we collect from you, or through which you provide us. This privacy policy will explain how we use the personal data we collect from you when you use our website.

What data do we collect and how do we collect it

Personal data that you provide us.

We only collect Personal Data where you choose to interact with us on the website in the following ways:

When you fill out a form to subscribe to our newsletter we collect:

  1. Your email address (so we can send you a newsletter)

  2. Optionally your name (so we can address you personally)

When you complete the contact form we collect:

  1. Your email address (so we can reply)

  2. Your name (so we can address you personally)

  3. Any Personal Data which you choose to provide to us in the free text box of the form

If you buy something directly from the website we collect:

  1. Your email address (so we can fix any problems)

  2. Your name (so we can address you personally)

  3. Your phone number (so we can fix any problems)

  4. Your payment details (so we can complete the purchase)

  5. Any Personal Data which you choose to provide to us in the free text box of the form

Data automatically collected by the website.

Our website automatically collects certain information related to its functioning – such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your internet service provider. We do not link this information with any Personal Data.

How will we use your data?

Our Company collects your data so that we can:

  • Allow our website to function properly.

  • Respond to your questions when you contact us with the contact form.

  • Send you the newsletter and new release info you subscribed for and ensure only the people that want to receive it get it.

  • Process your order and manage your account if you buy something from our website.

  • Improve our website by analyzing how people use it anonymously.

Do we share your data?

In principle we take your privacy very seriously and share your data only in the following ways.

  • If you buy something on the website and it processes your order, it may send your data to, and also use the resulting information from, credit reference agencies to prevent fraudulent purchases.

  • Provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack.

How do we store your data?

Our Company securely stores your data on the servers of our website and email automation providers using GDPR compliant safeguards.

Our Company will keep your information only as long as required to provide the above services. You can ask us to delete your data and/or unsubscribe from our newsletter/new release emails at any time.

Marketing

If you have agreed to receive our newsletter/marketing, you may always unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the relevant email. We will never call you for marketing purposes.

What are your data protection rights?

Our Company would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

  • The right to access – You have the right to request Our Company for copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.

  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that Our Company correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request Our Company to complete the information you believe is incomplete.

  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that Our Company erase your personal data, under certain conditions.

  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that Our Company restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

  • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to Our Company’s processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request that Our Company transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Cookies

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.

 

For further information, visit allaboutcookies.org.

How do we use cookies?

We use the essential cookies required for the operation of our website (you can see how our website software Wix uses cookies here).

We use the required cookies for e-commerce so you can buy things directly from our website.

 

We don’t use cookies for advertising purposes, sell your information or share your information with third parties.

How to manage cookies.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser.

 

However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.

Privacy policies of other websites.

Our Company website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

For example, but not limited to: amazon affiliate links, links to other bookstores or social media links.

Changes to our privacy policy.

Our Company keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 20 April 2023.

How to contact us.

If you have any questions about Our Company’s privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Email George Penney or Tony Johnson at: info@swashbucklerpress.com

Our company address.

Swashbuckler Press

124 City Road, EC1V 2NX, London, United Kingdom

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