Privacy Policy

Below is a Privacy Policy outlining the activities for the following online properties:

  • Mark Leslie (Author) – (Newsletter)
  • Sean Costello (Author) – (Newsletter)
  • Stark Publishing (
  • Stark Reflections on Writing & Publishing (
  • and associated websites, social media, etc

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch via Mark’s Contact Page.

This Policy is meant to explain the following:

  • What personal information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data/information
  • The fact that we only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily provide us via email, online forms you have filled out or direct contact from you. We respect your privacy and will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

How is your data used?

We will not share your information with any third party, other than what’s necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to answer a query, to ship a product/book to you, etc. If you use the contact form on this website you will not be automatically added to any Newsletter or any other mailing list.

You will only be added to any newsletter/mailing list that you explicitly sign-up for or acknowledge permission to receive.

How is this information used?

As stated in each above property’s individual newsletters/updates, the information provided will only be used to provide you with updates, news, specials, new books, promotions, or updates/changes to this privacy policy.

​Any mailing/postal addresses provided by you for the shipment of physical merchandise orders will be collected privately and stored privately. No mailing addresses will be used for any marketing purposes.

No credit card or payment information is collected or stored. Transactions are always done via reputable parties such as PayPal or banking institution.

Under what legal basis can your data be processed?

We can use your data on the basis that you have showed legitimate interest in the specific properties listed above and signed up to willingly, and given consent to be contacted.

Your access to and control over your information 

You may opt out of any future contacts from any of the above properties at any time. Each newsletter has a built-in update/unsubscribe option or you can contact us via the email address or contact form on this website.

When is your data shared?

Any email addresses or mailing addresses provided to any of the properties listed above will never be shared.


We take every precaution to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via this website, your information is protected both online and offline. Online data is stored via secure and encrypted cloud storage, and offline data is kept in a secure environment. All email addresses are securely stored by trusted Mailchimp servers.

Cookies and other technologies

The above properties occasionally use cookies and tracking technology to map website behaviour to understand how you arrived at the websites. This data is stored by third parties such as Google Analytics and Facebook Ads.

Third parties

Any links to third parties or mentions of third parties on any of the above properties does not constitute an endorsement of any services, products or information.

Again, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Mark via the Contact page.