One of the things I have been giving a lot of thought to as I approach the editing stage of my book is do I leave the swearing in. There isn’t a lot of swearing in it, just one character swears he uses the f word a few times, it is fitting with his personality but I have a few worries about it.
No one buys a book because there are a few swear words in it but some people might avoid it because of that. Although I do want it to be the book I’ve always wanted to read I would like to sell it to a few more people than my family.
It is written as an adult book, but it might also appeal to the Young Adult market and swearing might stop in being used in schools.
The main reason I’m worried about swearing is my friends mum who I’ve know most my life and I lodged with her for about a year has recently offered to be a beta reader when it’s ready. She is very nice but is particularly fierce about swearing. She didn’t like the Harry Potter films because there where to many ‘Bloody hells!’ I just couldn’t look her in the eye giving her my book to read know there a few f&*$ks in it.
I have a plan, I’ve invented gods for my world so will replace the swearing with blasphemy against them, I don’t think anyone can offence against insulting some made up gods?