Privacy Policy

We take reader privacy very seriously. Bards and Sages Publishing does not maintain a user database nor require any form of sign-up to access the website. 

Our website is hosted by Yahoo! Business. Yahoo! employs cookies to help improve page load times. You can read their privacy policy here. Blocking or limiting the ability of cookies to be employed does not prevent you from viewing our site, but may interfere with your ability to use certain web forms on our site. 

Our Blogs are hosted through Yahoo! Business and serviced by WordPress. Please see the Privacy Policy for WordPress.com here. 

Social Media:  Bards and Sages has a presence at a variety of social networking and media sites. Our readers should familiarize themselves with the privacy policies of such sites. While we treat any private messages or communication through such sites with the same care as messages sent to us directly via email, readers should be aware that each site has its own policies and that we have no control over those policies.?

Payment Processors

We currently use PayPal and Google Pay to process payments to most vendors and authors. We also use PayPal to process payments made to us for services or reading fees. 

1099 Processing

Bards and Sages Publishing uses 1099Online.com to process 1099 forms for the IRS. 

Affiliate Links

We are a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Program. This program employs cookies. Amazon’s Privacy policy can be found here

We are a participant in the Smashwords Affiliate program. This program employs cookies. Smashwords Privacy policy can be found here.

We are a participant in the Drivethru Affiliate program. This program employs cookies. The Drivethru Privacy policy can be found here.

Neither Amazon nor Smashwords provides personally identifiable information regarding customers to Bards and Sages Publishing. Drivethru does provide personally identifiable information, however you can restrict or limit this information in your account settings at their site. Bards and Sages does not export or store this information. 

E-Mail Retention Policy

General Correspondence (Basic inquiries, comments, feedback, etc): 60 days

Fiction and RPG submissions: Six months for submissions that are not accepted for publication. 

Legal Retention Requirements: E-Mails related to payments, tax information, contracts, etc are retained in compliance with the governing state and federal laws. 

Information We May Collect

Bards and Sages Publishing does not maintain a user database to access the site. We only request personal information if it is needed to process a request from you. Examples of the type of information we may request:

We may request an author or contractor provide a valid W-9 before entering into a contract or agreement.

We may request a mailing address to send physical books owed to a contributor. 

We may request a valid PayPal email address in order to process a payment due to you.

Information We May Share

In order to fullfill certain requests or legal requirements, we may need to share information you provide us with others. Examples of information we may share include:

Providing your mailing address to our print partner in order to have books drop shipped to your address.

Information provided to complete 1099s to be filed with the IRS for contractor payments over $600 or royalty payments over $10, as required by law.

Providing your name and email address to a digital retailer in order to deliver digital content you requested.

In all cases, Bards and Sages Publishing does not use data processing software to handle these requests. Each request is handled on a case-by-case basis. 

Legal Reporting

Please note that our privacy policy applies to individual consumers and authors that may visit our site or contact us. Business entities that send us unsolicited business correspondence are not covered under this general privacy policy. We reserve the right to report suspicious business correspondence to the appropriate authorities.

In addition, while we do not actively collect personal information from visitors, we may be required by law to report communications sent to us unsolicited that are related to a crime. This includes threatening emails, private messages, or posts on our blogs.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding any of our policies, please email us at support@bardsandsages.com