Kudos to my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, for sending me a sixty-page treatise titled “Author Guidelines” when I signed a contract for Book 1, Fool Me Once.
It covers a multitude of issues and, among them, is a section on profanity and what is acceptable (or not) in contemporary fiction. The guidelines are clear, with specific examples. It’s important that characters speak in colloquial English, using words and phrases that readers use and can relate to.
That language may be considered offensive by some but they’re pretty much in the minority as words that were considered…um…unladylike have now become part of common, everyday speech. Seriously, try to remember the last time someone yelled, “I just stepped in dog excrement!” Or “I just stepped in dog feces!”
My point, exactly.
You’d expect to find books containing some degree of sex from a publisher of Romances, but this publisher is also very clear about what’s acceptable there and what veers into erotica, which is a genre unto itself.