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I've certainly read books that feel like excuses for the author to luxuriate in his or her own private perversities. I'd ask the following questions: Do you linger on the taboo? Is it gratuitous? Are the consequences and negative aspects dealt with honestly and directly, or is this a fantasy version of it? Is there a compelling reason to include it? Is the ...


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Respectfully, yes: You aren't writing for Hallmark or the Lifetime Channel, are you? I don't think anything is off the table if you do it right, but consider your audience. People aren't going to respond well to anything that glorifies evil, graphically portrays something deeply disrespectful in a way that doesn't emphasize humanity, and doesn't reach a ...


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