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Privacy Policy


This privacy policy tells you about the personally identifiable information (“Personal Data”) I collect from you. In collecting this information, for the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) I, S. J. Howland, am acting as a data controller and, by law, I am required to provide you with information about me, about why and how I use your data, and about the rights you have over your data.


If you have any questions about this policy, or about how I use your Personal Data, please contact me via  This policy is effective as of 12/08/19. I review my privacy practices on an ongoing basis, and as such I may update this privacy policy from time to time.


What personal data do I collect?

When you subscribed to the VIP Readers group, I asked you for your name, so I know what to call you, and your email address, so I know where to send the newsletter. When you sign up, you will be asked to provide your explicit consent to receive email communications.


If you email me directly via the contact address of, I will use your personal data only to respond to your question, comment or request and you will not be added to the subscriber list.


Certain information is automatically collected when you visit my website – such as the type of browser and operating system you are using, and the domain name of your Internet service provider. This serves a number of purposes, including helping to keep the website secure and to improve the website through analysis of information. I do not link this information with any Personal Data.

Other data may be automatically collected through the use of cookies on the website. Please see my Cookie Policy to find out about the types of cookies I set and why, and how you can adjust your settings to disable cookies.


What do I do with your information?


I take your privacy very seriously and will only use your personal information to send you the newsletter emails containing updates, exclusive information and giveaways. I require this information to send you the newsletter. If you want to unsubscribe from my newsletter, you can do so at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every email sent to you. Your personal information will never be shared with third parties for marketing purposes and will not be used by me for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.


I use MailerLite to manage my email subscriber list and to send emails to my subscribers.  MailerLite is a third-party provider, which may process your data using industry standard technologies to help me monitor and improve my newsletter.  MailerLite’s privacy policy is available at their website If you object to this, you must unsubscribe from my mailing list and let me know that you also want me to delete the data held by MailerLite. You can unsubscribe from my newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the end of each newsletter.


I use BookFunnel to handle the delivery of free ebook content to members of the VIP Readers group. They do not use your personal data for any advertising purposes and their privacy policy is available on their website


How long do I keep your information for?


I will only keep your information for as long as you wish to remain a member of the VIP Readers group. Your personal information will be deleted if you wish to be removed from the list. You can email me at any time on sj@sjhowland.comif you wish to unsubscribe to the list.


Your rights over your information


In accordance with UK and European law under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the following rights:

  • to see what Personal Data I hold about you (if any), including why I am holding it and who it could be disclosed to;

  • to ask me to change/correct your Personal Data;

  • to ask me to delete your Personal Data;

  • to object to the processing of your Personal Data;

  • to ask me to restrict the processing of your Personal Data;

  • to withdraw any consents you have given me to the processing of your Personal Data; 

  • to express any concerns you have about third parties’ use of your Personal Data; and

  • to complain to a supervisory authority. If you consider that my processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection (in the UK this is the ICO). You can find out more about your rights under the GDPR here.

Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact me on

Links to other sites

This website may contain links to other sites that are not operated by me. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. I strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit. I have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Your Age

My VIP Readers group is targeted at people over the age of 16. If I have reason to believe that I hold personal data of a person under that age in my database, I will delete it.

Your Consent

By using any of my website, you consent to my privacy policy. This policy was last modified on 12/08/19. I reserve the right to update or change my Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after I post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy. If I make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, I will notify you either through the email address you have provided me, or by placing a notice on my website. 


Contact me


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact me at

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