So happens this is a situation I’m in right now.
My word counts always get me in trouble. I’ve never been a concise person. The opposite, in fact. Turns out the agent who’s interested here likes my book, but has given me a word count ultimatum of under 115,000 words. It’s 145,000 words right now. (Believe it or not, that’s after a massive cut before I started submissions. The first draft was 171,000 words.)
It’s frustrating to have to play by the publishing industry’s rules, but first novels almost never get a pass when it comes to high word counts. At least if this agent ends up not signing me either (like the last few who invoked word count or pacing when rejecting my full manuscript), I’ll have a more marketable book to show for it at the end.
If you’ll excuse me, I have some un-writing to do.