I have some... tough questions. My first novel (which I desperately want to be a series) wasn’t meant to have a romance element. There was going to be a main female character, two male supporting characters, and a female supporting character. I wrote draft one and decided to rewrite. In between rewrites, I had the idea to change the female side character. I daydream about this story extensively and had several ideas that I liked, one of them being the female, who I named Aster, being a different species meant to compliment that of my MC. The fact of the matter is, as I had tossed the idea around in my mind, Aster and MC became a couple. Their complimentary personalities and traits made it perfect and work wonderfully. I’m working on redoing my plot entirely. The two male characters don’t fit in as major characters anymore. Aster and MC’s relationship overshadowed the boys who, at that point, served little more than background comic relief that made them plain annoying. I don’t want it to be a “oh look how progressive I am for having a lgbtq couple in my story oooooo” Type of story. I truly believe I can get the best out of my plot with these two characters forming a relationship. Despite the relationship between these two characters being incredibly important to my main characters arc, I want the romance element to be in the background and incredibly slow burning. I want there to be chemistry, but I’d rather if this isn’t a one-book deal. Preferably the first book wouldn’t have the characters obviously forming a romantic relationship, get together in book 2, then continuing on through the rest of the series. I’m hoping for advice on that front (is it a bad idea, tips, how to avoid too much chemistry/romantic elements) Then there’s the lgbtq aspect. There are very little popular books with lgbtq couples. I looked at a list And didn’t recognize a single title, cover, etc. my concern is that this is an issue on the publisher side. Are they less likely to publish a series/novel if it has a same sex couple in it? And if they do, am I obligated to tell a publisher that I intend for the two main characters to fall in love if it isn’t obvious from the first book? Does this matter at all considering the romance isn’t a main aspect of the story? Sorry if this is the wrong subcategory, I was struggling to find one that worked better.