Graphic Content - How Much is Appropriate?

How does an author comprehend a suitable maximum level for graphic sexual content?  My 2007 Holocaust romance novel was intended for adults, so I included a few scenes with graphic content. My publisher asked me to remove some of it, to make the book more marketable. I relented, with some regret.  About a year later, I learned that the novel was required reading for high school students. That would NOT have occurred without the editing for content.  Had I self-published, with the original content, I would have significantly limited future sales. Thankfully, this issue has not occurred with my other published books.  But, how does an author decide upon the limit for this content?

Charles S. Weinblatt

Author, Jacob’s Courage 



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