Who We are

I am a professional editor and book coach named Ned Hayes. I am the CEO of the company Novel Doctor. We treat your information with high regard, and our team respects your privacy.

Our team of professional editors and writers delivers new content weekly at our business website address  https://novel.doctor.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


Please note that at the present time visitor comments are disabled (updated 10-Oct-2020)

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in a public form on the website, you are also sharing information via small bits of code called “cookies.” These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment or enter information into another form. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We share data only with the service providers who collect data, who have their own privacy policies to protect your information. These service providers include JotForm, HubSpot, MailChimp and WordPress. These service providers state in their policies that they do not “mine” or access data retrieved by independent publishers such as myself. 

We do not share or sell any data with any other third party, including any social media platforms. Your information is privately held and is deleted one year after our business relationship has ended. 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment or fill out a form, the comment, the form, and its associated metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We do not send your data to any third party. 

Please note that at the present time visitor comments are disabled (updated 10-Oct-2020)

Contact information

If you have questions regarding site functionality or your data privacy you can always reach the CEO of Novel.Doctor directly with questions. 

To follow up with additional questions, Ned Hayes can be reached at yourdata [AT] novel.doctor or 206-705-3933. Please note this is a voice mail inbox, and a human being will call you back.