Ben Raphael’s All-Star Virgins by K.Z. Snow

Sixteen-year-old Jake McCullough and his friends Rider, Brody, Carlton, and Tim are the invisible boys of Ben Raphael Academy, an exclusive coed prep school. Brody decides they need “mystique” to garner attention. “Nobody has more mystique than a desirable virgin,” he declares. Thus is born Ben Raphael’s All-Star Virgin Order or BRAVO.The boys polish their appearances. Brody launches a subtle but canny publicity campaign. Soon, the boys are being noticed. But they’re emotionally fragile. Two have succumbed to a seductive female teacher. Jake and Rider, roommates and best friends who are attracted to one another, fear the stigma of being gay.It takes an unspeakable tragedy to make the BRAVO boys realize what’s important in life, and that “virginity” has more than one meaning.

Ben Raphael’s All-Star Virgins by K.Z. Snow

Sixteen-year-old Jake McCullough and his friends Rider, Brody, Carlton, and Tim are the invisible boys of Ben Raphael Academy, an exclusive coed prep school. Brody decides they need “mystique” to garner attention. “Nobody has more mystique than a desirable virgin,” he declares. Thus is born Ben Raphael’s All-Star Virgin Order or BRAVO.

The boys polish their appearances. Brody launches a subtle but canny publicity campaign. Soon, the boys are being noticed. But they’re emotionally fragile. Two have succumbed to a seductive female teacher. Jake and Rider, roommates and best friends who are attracted to one another, fear the stigma of being gay.

It takes an unspeakable tragedy to make the BRAVO boys realize what’s important in life, and that “virginity” has more than one meaning.

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shiraglassman asked: I am curious if the demisexuality call requires explicit declarations of demisexual identity to separate it from the existing literary trope of "young women's sexuality is ALREADY inherently dependent on forming emotional closeness" (you know, the way existing literary tropes also like to assume all teenage boys are horny all the time, erasing any boy on the ace spectrum?) If it does, does that then therefore mean only fiction set after the invention of the word is accepted for this call?

The short answer is that as long as it’s clear they identify as demisexual (or otherwise LGBTQ+/MOGAI) and meet our other guidelines, it’s something we’ll consider.

The long answer is that I think you’re confusing sexual attraction with an actual active desire to physically have sex for that trope. You can be sexually attracted to someone and not want to physically have sex with them right that minute. You don’t stop being sexually attracted to someone when you’re in public or around your mother, for example, but you do stop actively wanting to have sex (I hope). You might dream or fantasize about having sex with someone or maybe get all hot and bothered thinking about having sex with them before you’re actually ready to have sex with them.

Does that make sense?

The trope is that girls don’t get to the actually want to physically have sex part until they have an emotional attachment. But they still fantasize. Even if it’s not fantasies about penetrative sex, they fantasize about erotic kisses and that sort of thing.

But a demisexual person wouldn’t experience any sort of sexual attraction without that emotional connection. So they wouldn’t even get to the dream/fantasize phase without an emotional connection while an allosexual girl might fantasize about someone she thought was hot even if she didn’t know them.

(As a note, I am asexual. This is completely theoretical to me. If you’re demisexual and you feel I have something wrong, please step in and correct me.)

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mostly-spiders asked: Do you know of any ace beta readers? I'm working on a submission with an ace main character but I want to make sure said character is realistic and relatable. I'm not friends with any ace people (that I know of) so hopefully you can help :)

I don’t. I would recommend you ask in writing groups/boards and in places where ace people hang out that are open to allosexuals as well. (Do NOT go into an ace safe space uninvited.)

You may be able to ask on Tumblr as well.

Interested in submitting to Harmony Ink Press?

Harmony Ink Press is accepting manuscripts for young adult fiction featuring at least one strong demisexual/demiromantic main character who shows significant personal growth through the course of the story. Identifying as part of the demisexual/demiromantic spectrum can be part of the growth process depicted in the book. We are looking for stories in all subgenres, featuring primary characters across the whole demisexual/demiromantic spectrum between the ages of 14 and 18 that explore all the facets of young adult life. Sexual content should be appropriate for the characters and the story. Manuscripts may contain any level of sexual content; however, excessive, crude or extremely explicit descriptions will be rejected. Sex between a minor and an adult (whether consensual or abuse) will only be accepted if it is implied, off page, has realistic consequences, and overcoming the occurrence contributes to the growth of the character in a positive way.

Submission Highlights

  • Demisexual/demiromantic primary character between the ages of 14 and 18 who shows significant personal growth through the course of the story.
  • Authentic voice, unforgettable characters, and powerful world building (even for contemporary stories).
  • Novella or novel length (15,000-90,000 words). All manuscripts over 45,000 words will release in print as well as ebook.
  • Any subgenre is acceptable with a fresh premise.

Length standards

  • Novel: 45,000 words and up
  • Novella: 15-44,999 words
  • We are currently not accepting manuscripts of fewer than 15,000 words.

Harmony Ink Press is an imprint of Dreamspinner Press. Submissions inquiries of LGBTQ+ themed Young Adult fiction can be sent to our Submissions e-mail. Please indicate Young Adult in the subject line so the submission is given to the appropriate editor for review.

Visit harmonyinkpress.com/submission-guidelines for important notes, formatting information, and what you can expect from us.

See a more complete list of what we’re looking for at the original post. And please, give us feedback if there’s something you’d like to see that we’ve left out.

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ghostinthecostume asked: What do you think is the most important thing for a writer to remember when trying to write a diverse cast of characters?

That they’re all individuals who are shaped by their different experiences, but not defined by them. So all of your characters should be different and not stereotypes.

As for writing advice, I’d say talk to as many people with the experiences you’re trying to represent as you can. Listen carefully to what they say and try to incorporate as much of it into the story as you can… but don’t use the story to share your own views for groups you don’t belong to.

lost-in-hammerspace:

This has been a psa about Aesthetic Attraction by me

(via disturbinglynic)

A post for straight people thinking about writing bi characters

shiraglassman:

If you’re writing a character with on-screen interest in more than one gender – I’m leaving this open-ended instead of saying “if you’re writing a bi character” because of how infrequently what is basically bisexual representation is actually labeled as such within canon — and for plot reasons, you want them to be:

-          Flaky and unreliable and flighty, please have at least one other multi-gender-attracted character who is reliable and steady and can be counted on

-          Ravenously hungry for sex, more so than your straight, lesbian, and gay characters, please have at least one other multi-gender-attracted character whose sex drive is not one of the defining features of their characterization

-          Untrustworthy, hedonistic, destructive, or evil, please have at least one other multi-gender-attracted character who is a good egg

-          A teenaged girl who eventually decides her same-sex attraction was just part of her wild youth or was doing it for attention, please have at least one other multi-gender-attracted teenaged girl who stays that way

In other words, I’m not saying that we bisexuals (and pansexuals and polysexuals) are never flaky, never decide we aren’t really bi enough, never have overactive sex drives, or are ever evil. But here’s the thing. Straight (and gay and lesbian) people can be all of those first three things, too, and many of us are not. Yet they’re overrepresented when it comes to bisexual representation. As for that fourth thing, while it’s totally okay to be a teenaged girl who tries out various identities and eventually decide on straight, plenty of teenaged girls continue their attraction to women for the rest of their lives and get disrespected and disbelieved because of how prevalent the trope is.

Anyway, having a contrasting character who doesn’t fit destructive tropes can help mollify some of the negative effect of having them in the first place, if you absolutely must.

(Honestly, though, at this point they’re so overrepresented that I’d love it if people could just take this whole list as a “let’s not.”)

witheredlilli:

Just wanted to do something to try get the concept of aesthetic attraction out there a bit more. It’s really just something to consider!

(Sorry for the crappy “slides” I don’t have a working PowerPoint program, but I thought that this would help get the point across better than a text post with a lot of writing that no one has time for)

I might have missed something, but that’s all I can think of on this subject at the moment. (Please inform me if there is any incorrect information! ;w; )

Interested in submitting to Harmony Ink Press?

Harmony Ink Press is accepting manuscripts for young adult fiction featuring at least one strong agender main character who shows significant personal growth through the course of the story. Identifying as part of the agender spectrum can be part of the growth process depicted in the book. We are looking for stories in all subgenres, featuring primary characters across the whole agender spectrum between the ages of 14 and 18 that explore all the facets of young adult life. Sexual content should be appropriate for the characters and the story. Manuscripts may contain any level of sexual content; however, excessive, crude or extremely explicit descriptions will be rejected. Sex between a minor and an adult (whether consensual or abuse) will only be accepted if it is implied, off page, has realistic consequences, and overcoming the occurrence contributes to the growth of the character in a positive way.

Submission Highlights

  • Agender primary character between the ages of 14 and 18 who shows significant personal growth through the course of the story.
  • Authentic voice, unforgettable characters, and powerful world building (even for contemporary stories).
  • Novella or novel length (15,000-90,000 words). All manuscripts over 45,000 words will release in print as well as ebook.
  • Any subgenre is acceptable with a fresh premise.

Length standards

  • Novel: 45,000 words and up
  • Novella: 15-44,999 words
  • We are currently not accepting manuscripts of fewer than 15,000 words.

Harmony Ink Press is an imprint of Dreamspinner Press. Submissions inquiries of LGBTQ+ themed Young Adult fiction can be sent to our Submissions e-mail. Please indicate Young Adult in the subject line so the submission is given to the appropriate editor for review.

Visit harmonyinkpress.com/submission-guidelines for important notes, formatting information, and what you can expect from us.

See a more complete list of what we’re looking for at the original post. And please, give us feedback if there’s something you’d like to see that we’ve left out.

Non-Sexual Intimacy

theasexualityblog:

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One thing I’ve found that many allosexuals have a difficult time comprehending is the concept of intimacy outside of sex; or rather how an asexual or aromantic individual can maintain (and find fulfilling) a partnership where affection isn’t ever expressed in a sexual manner. So, because I am asked about this quite often by those outside of the asexual and aromantic communities, I’d like to make a quick post detailing some examples of non-sexual intimate acts and partnerships. 

Forgive me if I’ve missed anything.

ameliavondesire:

facts-i-just-made-up:

harmonyinkpress:

LOOK! WE MADE NEW ONES!

You may remember a few months ago we launched a campaign to increase the diversity of our submissions. Well, I took your feedback, and I’m proud to announce that we have three new posters—agender, demisexual/demiromantic, and non-binary—and our bisexual poster has been updated to include biromantic.

You can find full details on our submission guidelines page.

As always, feedback is welcome. I know this doesn’t cover everything, even considering that we deliberately left gay out (about 70% of our stories have gay main characters). If there’s an orientation/identity you’d like us to include in our next round, please let me know. We truly want to publish books that represent the whole rainbow spectrum, and we want to spread around graphics and posters that represent that.

Individual posts for everything will go up over the next few weeks.

My publisher is currently accepting submissions of an LGBTQ+/MOGAI nature! Check out their site if you might have something you’re writing!

I’m currently writing a short story (so far, it might turn into a novel, I love its theme) with a bisexual and a lesbian girl as main characters, but sadly it’s all Hungarian.

I may translate it later, though.

Yes, we do need everything to be in English.

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Anonymous asked: Okay, so I've been writing this story for a few months now. It was really great at first, I wrote 1-2 chapters a day! My gears were turning like crazy and everything flowed into words perfectly. Now, I about 18 chapters in and SO BLOCKED UP. I've tried to write every day for a month, but I just can't seem to do it. Should I wait this block out, or should I just close this story up until I have inspiration? Or do I just give it a shity ending and cal it a day...? HELP!

thewritershelpers:

A couple things to try:

  • If you’re writing in order, try jumping around your story a bit. Sometimes escaping the linear confines of going chapter to chapter can help refresh your mind.
  • Get some writing prompts and write based on your characters/story from those prompts a bit. Don’t do it with the intention of keeping it, but as an exercise in getting to know your characters and your world a bit more. Sometimes putting your story and/or characters in a completely different scenario can reignite ideas and drive for the actual plot you envisioned, or give you a new direction.
  • Remember that this is just a draft. You will be going back to edit it. Sometimes you just have to write through it, knowing it’s crap, just to get to the end. Then, let it sit for a while, a few weeks or even months, and then go back to the story. Sometimes fresh eyes after a break is all you need.

Hope these help!

- O