I've been editing my book for over a year now...in part because I've had surgery earlier this summer and it slowed me down, and I'm too cheap to hire an editor (I have friends who are reading it for content, flow and errors). However, the story started out as a fan fiction story that I'm spinning into a full on supernatural action/adventure.
The story tells the tale of humans and demons; not "heaven/hell" demons - my demons are the manifestation of the animal spirit in humanoid form. In other words, wolf spirit - wolf demon; bear spirit - bear demon...but they can take on human features with a few distinct items to give away their demon heritage (ears, markings, claws, fangs, etc). Anyhoo, the demons, who were the first on Earth, are nearly wiped out in a systematic worldwide purge in the middle of the 1800's. The survivors go underground to replenish and plot against humanity and discover a weakness in their immune system and creates a retrovirus causing humans to lose the ability to reproduce so by the 22nd Century, demons are able to overpower them and rule the world and now charted outer space. In the 25th Century, the demon lord discover a plot to usurp him and hires a human waitress at his brother's club as an operative to get the information. During the caper, they sort of fall in love and because of his laws against demon/human marriage, he has to hide her in the shadows while he tries to find who's behind the plot.
When I originally wrote this story, there were six scenes of graphic intimate sexual content; one of which is a near rape that I don't make happen and one very graphically spelled out scene where he impregnates her before going off to the final battle. After speaking to an agent, I realized that I have to either cut the scenes or seriously edit them down to where you know what's going on but it's not so spelled out because I'm trying to reach a certain market.
How much is too much?