Privacy Policy

Who we are

Joyce Sully’s website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Shop Software

Per the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations implemented May 25, 2018, in the EU, here are the quick and dirty, no-nonsense terms under which your purchase from my shop takes place. Most of this notice has been built using a template, because this site is, fundamentally, a basic WordPress-type site. This is the customized bit.

Paypal processes all shop purchases. I will be notified via email of the name and email address associated with the Paypal account you use to pay for products here. These two pieces of information will also be stored in the purchase history of my shop software.

Paypal typically also includes the shipping address you have on file with them, despite the fact that I am not selling you a physical product. (Memo to Paypal: stop showing me this??!?)

I will not see or store any of your financial information (i.e. credit card account numbers).

I will not use any of this information–name, email, shipping address–for any additional purposes: not to email you a newsletter, not to send you a beautiful handwritten thank-you card, not to show up at your doorstep with flowers and chocolates. Nothing. I receive as little information about you as I can; I would like to receive even less, if third party services would let me.

If you do not want me to see or store even this limited set of data points about you, please purchase my books through another service, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I use Monster Insights, a Google-based analytics plugin.

Social Media Plugin “Shariff Wrapper”

On our website we offer you the possibility to use so called “Social Media Buttons”. To protect your data, we use a solution called “Shariff”. Hereby the share buttons are implemented as static images, which contain a link to the corresponding social network site. If you click on such a button, you will be redirected to the respective social network site in the same way, as normal links would do as well. Only in that moment of time the provider of the social network site will get information about you, for example your IP address. If you do not click on such a share button, no data will be transmitted. Information about the collection and usage of your date on the social network sites can be found in the corresponding terms of use of the respective provider. More information about the plugin and the Shariff solution can be found here:

On our website we offer share buttons for the following services / companies: Facebook, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter.

Who we share your data with

See above, re: Paypal processing in the shop. That’s it.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

In the shop, customer data is theoretically kept indefinitely. If you would ever, for any reason, like me to remove this data from the shop history, please contact me via email so I can manually delete your purchase history.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact Information

Email at