I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on pronouns for characters whose gender is not yet defined. As I understand, the officially-accepted pronoun is they/them but I think there is a risk of the reader confusing this usage with the plural pronoun, and being pulled out of the story.
I am explicitly talking here about other characters encountered by the MC that have no gender (I am trying to write a fantasy piece about genderless beings) or where the gender is yet to be determined. For me, it is logical but the feedback from my proofreaders is that using ‘they’ is confusing as it may be a group, and then they feel like they have to re-read the section to figure out what the writer meant. My proofreaders are mostly non-native English speakers, which may have something to do with it - or is this everyone?
Any ideas for these genderless beings (I do not want to use “it”), or should I just use any of the alternatives like ey/em, ve/ver, zie/zim?