I state this in my “Site Disclaimers” pop-up at the top of the home page, but in case you missed it, you can choose to opt-out of TruConversion’s tracking sessions by clicking on this link and pressing the big button in the middle of the page.
At some point, when I have a better idea of what works on this site and what doesn’t, I’ll turn off the session recording feature. Once it’s off, the “Site Disclaimers” pop-up will report an “inactive” status. Heat maps, on the other hand, will remain active until I’ve gotten the requested number of page visits assigned to that map. I won’t actually see this heat map’s results until the quota has been reached. But again, you can turn all of that off at your end by choosing to opt-out with the link above. This will disable TruConversion on any site you visit that uses its service.
Note: Recordings are automatically deleted after a year.
To keep readers and site visitors updated on my book progress, as well as any other item that might demand a following, I share information via a roadmap tool called LoopedIn. Even though the roadmaps exist on the LoopedIn server (or whatever they use for storage), I still embed them on this site for user convenience, so it’s a good idea to read LoopedIn’s privacy and cookie policies, as well as its terms of service, to understand your rights when using its apps.
As an overview, interacting with a LoopedIn roadmap will generally involve browser cookies, so you can’t game the upvoting system and rate for the same feature twice. It may also require you to register and sign in if you choose to leave a comment, just like any run-of-the-mill message board, which this app ultimately is. So, you should expect to share that information with LoopedIn if you interact with the site in a more personal or public way.
For the purpose of this site, the pages with embedded roadmaps may install the tracking cookies for recording upvotes, but I’m not actually sure. Definitely expect that if you click on anything that records information (like upvotes). But again, if in doubt, read LoopedIn’s policies.
What I Don’t Collect:
Although this could change in time (and I’ll let you know if it does), I don’t currently accept payments of any kind on this site. This is not an e-commerce site. This is a content library of books I’ve written and other media. The only information transferred (that I know about) is your IP address (anonymized, for the analytics apps mentioned above), geographical information (country only), first name (or whatever you type in the “name” field) and email address (when you message me or sign up for one of my mailing lists, and first name, only if you aren’t using a fake name), Gravatar photo if you’ve assigned one to your Google account, cache information (cookies), comment time and date, session date and time (anonymized, analytics—pretty much TruConversion), navigational links into, inside, and out of the website, and device and browser information (anonymized, though analytics apps). That’s it. Okay, that actually looks like a lot of things. You know, The INTERNET!!! But most of these things aren’t collected together. I won’t know who you are unless you call me and tell me, “Hey, guess what, I’m on your site, RIGHT NOW!” And you don’t have my number, so…
That said, my “Buy Now” book links will take you outside of my page to a Universal Book Link (managed by Books2Read), where you can click on the retailer of your choice to view and/or purchase my books. Once you leave my site, you will have a different set of privacy rules to work with, and clicking “Buy Now” anywhere on this site will take you outside of this site. Even if you decide to buy my books, I will never have access to your monetary information. That will be between you and the retailer of your choice.
On a similar note, I don’t sell your information to anyone. I wouldn’t even know how to do that. The only information that transfers out of this site based on parameters I’ve set is your name and email address, and only if you sign up for my newsletter. Again, that information gets stored on my private account at my email list service, SendFox. Oh, and using my Contact form will send a message to my email address.
Regarding IP, geolocation, timestamps, and device and browser settings, those are defaults for Linkjoy and TruConversion (analytics services). Again, those are stored on my private account through those services. The information “sold” is to my own account on a different platform.
Once I implement affiliate marketing and the Facebook Pixel, then we’ll slide into browser information for marketing purposes. But I’m not there yet.
So now you know.
This site is protected by an SSL Certificate, which you can verify in the site’s address bar.
If there’s ever a security breach and your data is compromised, I’m obligated to tell you about it, so be sure to check for announcements in that regard, should that happen. Because your data on this site is IP-based, I have no other way of alerting you but through an official announcement on this site, or through email if you’re subscribed to my newsletter. If the breach is based on email, then I’ll let you know through email. Yes, that sounds backwards, but that’s how it works.
I monitor hacking attempts via Wordfence. They’re pretty good.
Right to Removal Information:
According to California law, if you’re a California resident, you have the right to have your information removed from this site, though I’m happy to remove your information even if you live in Kentucky. I believe GDPR has similar conditions.
In most cases, you should be able to remove yourself, since the only information this site keeps, as far as I know, is your cookie information, and that’s only for a period of up to a year in most cases.
If you don’t want me to send you emails, then don’t sign up for my newsletter. But if you want to receive my newsletter, and then decide later that you don’t like it, you can click on “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of the email to remove yourself from the list.
Regarding comments, you should be able to delete your own, but if for some reason that doesn’t work, you can send me a message (via the Contact form) and ask me to remove it, and I will.
For my own privacy, I do not give out my cellphone number or home address, so if for any reason you cannot email me, then you can reach out to me through social media instead (same expectations as email apply). All of my relevant links are available in this site’s footer bar. But please be aware that I’m really bad about checking my social media accounts, especially Twitter, so use social media only if there’s no other way. Messaging me through social media is a great way to ensure I get your message six months from now, maybe. Honestly, if you can’t email me yourself, then you should probably get a friend or family member to do it for you (that’s what my mom does). The end result is the same.
I’ve drafted this document on December 22, 2020 while the site is still under construction. I will update this site’s privacy policies on the day I unlock it for public use.
Document Updated: October 20, 2021.
Terms and Conditions:
Terms and Conditions updated as of December 23, 2020.
Official Terms and Conditions here.
Author/Writer Jeremy Bursey is a showcase site with some focus on the topics of writing, pop culture (including food and beverage), or artsy things. But it also reflects the views and opinions of me, Jeremy Bursey, the site’s owner and operator, as well as promotes whatever novel(s) I’m writing. By visiting this site, you understand that you are reading about my observations, reviews, opinions, and promotions, not necessarily expert advice or information. Therefore, DO NOT USE THIS SITE AS A HARD NEWS SOURCE, unless the news is in reference to my books. I may occasionally opine about current events, but I am not an expert in these fields, so do not assume I am, and do not quote me as if I am.
As a visitor to this site, you may read and respond to any article I post, as well as link it to your own site or share it on social media. If you’re a content creator, and your product or article is reviewed on this site, and you’d like to capture a quote for your own site, you may, as long as the proper attributions are made.
Please note that images used on this site are the property of their creators, and this site does its best to provide links to its original source (in the case of stock photos, this original source will almost always be Pixabay). Whenever an image has the term “screenshot” in its description, that typically means that I, Jeremy Bursey, have captured it digitally via “Print Screen” off my desktop. These screenshots will often be in reference to the product or game I’m reviewing. Personal photos and composites will either be uncredited or clearly attributed to me. Unless otherwise permitted, these images should not be shared without proper attribution or context.
Note that I am the author of any image or media item posted in the “Other Media” section, and no additional attributions will be made as that would be redundant.
If you agree to these terms and would still like to use one of my photos in your work or article, please send me an email letting me know which one and how you’d like to use it. I’ll likely grant you permission if I created the image and the context is sound and it doesn’t have any faces visible.
Regarding e-commerce, this site also links visitors to my books, but it does not contain my books directly on this site. If you wish to purchase one of my books, you will first have to click on the link taking you to your retailer of choice, and then you’ll have to agree to their terms of service before you can buy it. Also note that I am responsible for the quality of the product, not the handling of payment. If you have a problem with the book, please let me know. If you have a problem with the payment, you’ll have to contact the retailer you bought it from.
Each book will have its own set of disclaimers attached inside its copyright page, so please read through it before reading the book. As a rule, all works of fiction are from my imagination and should not be considered reality or a representation of actual persons, places, objects, or trademarks. And with the exception of capturing snippets for review or referential purposes, you should also not be taking pieces of any part of my books for your own book or literature without express permission. You may use excerpts for reviews or writing craft books as long as it’s not too generous an excerpt. As long as you keep it under 1000 words per snippet or 5000 words for the entire resource (review, craft book, etc.), I probably won’t get too jumpy about it.
I also have a few links to downloadable story templates on this site. These downloads are available through Google Drive. By downloading these products, you agree to use them according to their intent, and that you keep them for your personal use. These templates are not available for resale, nor should you use them as a base for your own product. You may, however, adapt their designs for your own needs, personal or commercial, if you wish. Just don’t take my template, add to it, and start selling it. You should do your own thing in your own voice in this case. If your design is basically the same thing with different wording, that’s fine.
If you wish to do a video review of any part of this site or any media I post, that should be fine. Just remember that images are the property of their owners and creators, so as long as your video respects that, I don’t think it should be a problem to screen capture them. Just remember to blur out any image or information that is sensitive or exclusive in nature. For example, if I post a picture of my cat, I do so for the benefit of my audience, not yours, so in that regard, I’d ask you to respect my privacy. But regarding products, I consider them available for public use, so as long as they are not exclusive to this site (which would be the case for special announcements or coupon codes reserved for readers of this site, not viewers of your YouTube page), they should be considered fair use.
Lastly, be nice.
If you have any questions regarding these terms of service and conditions, please send me an email and let me know. Likewise, if you think I’ve left something important off this page, let me know that, as well.
Thank you for respecting the content of this site.
Once again, if you cannot or choose not to abide by these terms and conditions, then you should not visit this site. Thank you.
Even though I’ve taken a lighthearted approach to this site’s policies, privacy laws, terms of service, et cetera, having access to these policies is very important for site health and good customer service, and it’s important that you check out the actual professionally worded policies (listed at the top of this page and in the footer) to really understand what this site does and how you can use it better. Each form provides the legally binding terms that this site adheres to, and in the event that issues arise, these are the forms that shall address these concerns.
But they’re also probably boring to read, so hopefully this article has bridged the gap a little.