In my story a negotiation goes bad an both sides open fire. A building gets set on fire and many people get injured, including children and elderly. I describe the atrocity with a lot of detail, including the rescue of amputees and burn victims. Here's a small sample: The mass of burning and melted material assaulted her senses as soon as she entered the room. The large area she swept her weapon into had no shape anymore. It was a burning nightmare, the screams of dying and burned people filling the hot air. Dozens of blasted men, women, and children lined the walls and floors. Some were already wounded, casualties from the scuffle in the station house, while so many more were fresh. It was chaos. Unhurt people scrambled around madly, trying to help the people burnt from the grenadier barrage. Countless men and women were laying on the floor in pieces, their bodies seared in half, arms missing, legs split open, heads missing. Many were screaming, some were already dead. One woman struggled to reassemble her blasted child. An adolescent stared at a burn mark on the floor. My question is about publishability(is that a word?) Do publishers shy away from grotesque descriptions of things like this? My story is about war and all, but my goal is to get it published. Should I refrain from extreme depictions of violence? The entire scene is literally about five paragraphs, then we pull back to character interactions and reactions. The violence is viewed as horrible by the characters, but is that justification for actually writing it? I know worse things have been depicted in media, but I am going to be trying to sell my first book. I don't have any clout to back up my work.