Regarding profanity in a young adult novel. Is it allowed? I’ve used the word sh** about 20 times in my 250-page novel, and feel the instances are not gratuitous. (The characters are dope-smoking teenagers who are involved in a murder mystery.) I’ve also used the word bast*** twice, only because I felt a harsher word was not a good idea for YA. Is it more marketable with absolutely no profanity? Advice????