Today, as I revised and edited one of my completed manuscripts, I noticed my main characters drops the A-word every once in awhile. One of my beta readers made a comment that if the main characters uses language like that, you want to make sure it is throughout the novel, but I disagree. My character only uses language like that if she feels frustrated, angry, or annoyed. However, it isn't common in her language. So, I have thought about removing it.
In a YAlitchat on Twitter, I asked about this very issue with the agents hosting the event. One of the agents said a lot of cuss words are generally frowned upon in manuscripts in middle grade and young adult. Also, a critiquer of Writer's Digest commented that having a cuss word in the opening paragraphs of a manuscript will turn off agents and editors.
So, here is my question...Can you put cuss words in your YA manuscript? Is it appropriate for a debut novel?
What say you, readers?