The Purple Crayon

Site Policies: Purpose, Privacy, Copyright, Links, Affiliations

Purpose: This site is a personal site created and maintained by Harold Underdown as a public service. The information and opinions I express here are my own work and do not have any connection to my current, or any previous, employer. I do not charge for any of the information on the site; that's why I set this up as a ".org" site, not a ".com."

I do provide information about my services as a freelancer, to answer the frequent questions I get asking if I will look at a manuscript, but the site is not intended to promote my services. While using the information in it, you need feel under no obligation to me. If you do want to help support the site, please go to the Bookstores page to find out how to do so.

Privacy: Your privacy is complete while you visit this site, though I can not make the same promise if you follow the links that take you to other sites. I do not track information about visits to my site or send "cookies" to your computer. However, we use a third-party advertising company (Google) to serve ads when you visit our website. This company may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about what Google and the companies it works with do, and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

If you send me an email message with a comment or question I will use your email address only to respond to you. If you join the email announcement service for my site you will only receive emails about my site: you may need to give information in addition to your email address, requested by the company that hosts the service. However, you can provide bogus information if you choose to do so.

The sites that I have affiliated this site with in order to earn commissions (see below) do provide some information to me about the people who have bought things from them after clicking through from my site. The level of detail varies, but at most, I know what items were bought, and for what price. I am not told who bought them, or any identifying information about the person. Some sites only tell me the total amount of the purchase.

Children: This site is not intended for children and most will find it pretty boring. However, parents may rest assured that there is no objectionable language or images on it. I can not make the same guarantee for sites to which I link.

Copyright: The copyright for this site as a compilation is mine. The copyright for all individual articles or other pieces is retained by their original authors, and they must be contacted for permission to use them; you may contact me for permission for articles I wrote or others through me or their author bio. page, if there is one. Permission is granted to print out a copy of any article for personal use.

Links: I welcome links to any page on the site, including the home page, articles index pages, or individual articles.

I do not do "link exchanges" and do not automatically reciprocate if someone links to my site. Instead, I link to sites I have seen, and selection for a link is based only on my idiosyncratic judgment. Links are not the primary focus of my site, and so I link to only a small percentage of the sites I've seen. Emails with the subject "link exchanges" or "reciprocal links," in fact, are usually ignored. Please do not give me suggestions for links unless your site is clearly related to the world of children's books.

Advertising or Paid Links: I am willing to consider offers to advertise on individual pages on the site. In general, the following conditions must apply:

Affiliations: To provide additional services for the site, or to raise funds for the site (as noted in more detail on my Bookstores page), I have created connections to certain other sites. Earnings from them help to support this site: I pay $70/month for DSL access and site hosting, and contribute my time as well.

Here is a list of some of these other sites and what they do for this site:

Awards: This site has won various awards over the years. I used to display them but I find that the logos clutter up my home page, and seem to function mainly as ads for the sites that gave them. So I have eliminated them. If you like this site, you don't care if it's won an award or not.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you have found the site useful. This page was last updated August 6, 2010.

If you need to get in touch with me, please see my contact page.

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