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Instead of looking at this as an arbitrary hoop to jump through, consider the reasons behind it. Publishers are looking for books with LBGTQ+ characters because book buyers are seeking those out. Why? Either because they are LBGTQ+ themselves and would like to see their own experience reflected, or because they want fictional worlds that better reflect the ...


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So far, no LGBT character has 'organically' come up in the story. Speaking as someone who is Bi and in a homosexual relationship, The above quote from you is all I care about. If, in the creative process, you come up with a cool character who fits your story and is fun to read... and happens to be gay... then by all means write about the character. If you'...


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"Young Adult" is not a genre, but a fiction category for the target age of the readers (which may not be the age of your characters). A genre you may consider may be 'Historical Fiction'. This is when a fictional story is set in a real historic setting. Historical accuracy is important in this genre. Some YA Historical Fiction book examples would ...


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It depends. I think that first, you need to decide your audience. You said you were writing a YA novel, and profanity is one of the things that makes YA. Even if your characters are older, if it’s kid-friendly it’s technically not YA. I’m writing a series where my characters are older teens, but my audience is still middle school age and it wouldn’t be YA. ...


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Lois M. Bujold's "Penric and Desdemona" series now consists of 10 novellas and no novels, although there three earlier (in publication order) novels in the same setting, one abut 100 years earlier in internal time, and two about 150 years later. These are defiantly not aimed at a younger audience, and seem to be doing well. Of course Bujold is a ...


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As far as I know, there is no legal requirement to include LGBT characters in YA novels in the USA. And in a few countries there might be official censorship decreeing that no LGBT characters appear in YA novels. Anyway, stories vary greatly in how many characters they have and how much information about various characters is given. A story could involve a ...


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