I'm about a third of the way through my novel, over 160000 characters (yay) and I'm starting to think about publishers. My issue is that I'm only 16, so people generally don't take me seriously when I talk about my writing, but I strongly believe that I will be able to get published. My book is entertaining, insightful, and deals with multiple social issues. But it is very offensive. There is quite some use of profanity, relatively detailed sex scenes and the MC is a racist, alcoholic, gambling-addicted degenerate who womanises his way through the plot. I definitely don't want to go down the self-publishing route because of my past experience with it. I have already published a small guide book, maybe around 20000 pages long, on Kindle, yet failed to sell many copies of it. I didn't market it, truthfully, and it was a very specific niche, but either way I just want to avoid it. I also like the notion of having an agent, even if it's just so my family take me seriously. I realise that you also have to market your book when going down the traditional publishing method, but it's the advance which is reeling me in- I desperately need a car since I'm starting sixth form next week, and my plan is to finance one with the publisher's advance- provided that my work if accepted, of course. Anyhow, my question is a matter of agents and publishers- does anyone know of any who would accept controversial work? I am writing for an adult demographic of mixed gender, probably more suited for men, and I need a publisher who isn't afraid to share work which may be deemed offensive. The purpose of my novel is to show how easily racism and sexism can spread through society by utilising humour- my MC gets stuck in dodgy sexual encounters, drunk bar fights, etc. which all contribute to these themes of social issues. But I present it in a funny way, so you side with the MC, even though he is generally in the wrong. It's a way of showing why we fall into the trap of not speaking out and overlooking such matters. But I digress, if anyone knows of any such publishers, then please let me know. Thanks, -Josh.