Hi, new guy here. I'm sure this question has been posed countless times on here, so I apologize if I'm being a little redundant. I know everyone says that their situation is unique, but mine actually a little tricky. Let me explain... I just completed my 105,000 word novel. It took three and a half years but I finally got it done. I read an older thread on this forum about "what to do now" after completing a manuscript and I believe I've done everything you guys recommended. I finished it initially, printed it up and made notes/corrections, re-wrote portions of it with grammar corrections and plot/character revisions, printed and edited again and re-wrote it one last time. I think I've got it just how I want it and my select friends and wife are satisfied with it as well. My problem is, it might be a little too "hardcore" for most of the agencies I've queried. No, not that kind of hardcore... it's about a couple of heroin addicts. It's pretty graphic and violent in parts but it's plainspoken and has a lot of humor in it. The plot is about a kid from a small town that gets involved with a girl from the big city who turns him onto dope. It follows the downward spiral formula that a lot of books in this genre use. Think Dopefiend by Goines or Requiem For A Dream by Selby. The plot actually goes somewhere far beyond a couple of junkies sticking needles in their arms and has a great climax. A lot of it is from personal experience as I'm a former addict myself. I had written it once as a screenplay about ten years ago and got an offer on it but I thought they were taking advantage of me so I decided to write it again as a novel. It still retains a rapid pace and flows smoothly like a movie. Anyway, I'm drifting way off topic here... My question is, what agents would pick this up? Most of the agencies I've submitted it to seem a little, ahem, stuffy. I don't think they'd be real keen on representing a guy like me or a novel with a less than "feel good" plot. Are there agents that specifically represent this stuff? I know I'm probably in no position to get picky, but I don't want to wind up getting printed by some erotic publisher who makes books about the lonely housewife and the pizza guy. I just started submitting my query letter a couple of days ago and only got back one response out of the fifteen or so that I e-mailed. It said "no thanks." Any suggestions?