1. Thanks so much for commenting, Melina! I read your post on Reading Vacation and was blown away! Excellent, excellent post. Everyone, go read it–now!!

  2. It doesn’t necessarily have to be foul language, explicit sex, or violence. The protagonist in GROWING UP INTERSEX has a condition resulting in short stature, a pixie face, and a sexually ambiguous body. The novel deals with some of the issues that teens with these conditions face. Talking about vaginal dilation or unusual ‘pink parts’ can get you a rejection before your book gets read.

  3. Hi Kristi – Thanks for an incredibly helpful article. I have a novel and a short story collection out and both are very adult in nature due to either some sex or graphic violence (and many similar tales to come). I write horror, thrillers and tales with a twist (as Jack X. McCallum), but my latest work may be more suited to the YA crowd. After reading many fairly useless articles on what make YA fiction I’ve found yours to be the best. I’m sure I’ll be referencing it often! Thanks again.

  4. Gonzalo

    Hi Kristi, awesome post. I’m writing a YA novel where the main character is not only bisexual, but also has a very sexual active life ( he even has a threesome midway onto the book) . He’s 18.The first paragraph begins with him finding out about his magical abilities while masturbating. On the one hand, I’m worried whether the book is too edgy but on the other, I want to keep it real. Some of the character experiences are influenced by my own, and believe me, at 18 I was bisexual and had a very active sex life. In my defence, I say that it takes place in the mid 80s. But reality is that teenagers do masturbate, have sex, etc. Any piece of advise?


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