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Back in 2012, I finished my very first manuscript, the one that would officially become my very first novel. But I left it in my computer and it's been kept out of the public eye ever since. Now that it's back in my thoughts, it's starting to make me feel indecisive. I can't choose whether or not to upload it on Kindle/D2D/GP. The novel has an approximate length of 136,000 words (about 670 pages long). It's a crime drama set primarily in Los Angeles, from the 1980's to present day. It not only deals with illegal arms dealing/manufacturing in the United States, but there is also an incestuous relationship between uncle and nephew (very complex motives going on). Now that I look back at this manuscript, I have the urge to revise and edit it, but I still want to keep the plot and characters intact.

I know that Amazon is very strict when it comes to taboo topics such as incest. Keep in mind, there is barely any sex (a few kissing scenes here and there), and any indication that uncle and nephew slept together is kept behind closed doors. It starts when the nephew is aged 19, so it's still consensual. It is, of course, frowned upon by the other characters in the story. But their relationship is still important to the story and it's a key element to their criminal careers.

I kept this manuscript overlooked ever since I finished it, but it's coming back to me real slowly. At this point, I might revise/edit it for the next couple of weeks. But I'm still indecisive whether I should upload it on Kindle or send it to a traditional publisher.

Any tips?
 

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I'm not positive, but my assumption would be that the incest taboo only applies to erotica. If not, then they shouldn't be selling Chinatown on DVD, Blu-ray and Instant Video.
 

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Perry Constantine said:
I'm not positive, but my assumption would be that the incest taboo only applies to erotica. If not, then they shouldn't be selling Chinatown on DVD, Blu-ray and Instant Video.
That's what I was thinking, too. My story is nowhere near erotica, it's more in the line of contemporary crime drama. It still contains a taboo subject, and I'm just wondering if Amazon is really that strict.
 

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TheCasualCalifornian said:
That's what I was thinking, too. My story is nowhere near erotica, it's more in the line of contemporary crime drama. It still contains a taboo subject, and I'm just wondering if Amazon is really that strict.
You'll be fine.
 

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TheCasualCalifornian said:
But I'm still indecisive whether I should upload it on Kindle or send it to a traditional publisher.

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If you submitted it to a traditional publisher and the first publisher you sent it to accepted it (which never happens!), you can figure you'd see it published in about two years. If your luck is of the more common variety, consider the submission/rejection/submit somewhere else process to take anywhere from five years to forever.

So if you want your novel to actually get in front of the eyes of a reading audience, I'd go with self-publishing.
 

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Some of the V. C. Andrews's books have incest sub-plots and sex in them. And I agree that it must only apply to erotica.
 

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My book also sat on my flash drive for a few years. I'm mad at myself for not getting it out there before KU hit. So YES, once you feel comfortable with the finished quality of the book, PUT IT OUT THERE!
 
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