This morning you can find me over at BubbleCow dispensing some advice on editing. Like the guy on Apocalypse Now said: ‘Get some!’
Some insight is required on your part to answer this question. It’s somewhat akin to asking what kind of cleaning your house needs if you want to sell it. You need to clean the tiny things like doorknobs (think punctuation) and you need to make sure your student tenant hasn’t fired a harpoon through the water tank (think minor character changing gender between Chapters Four and Five).
Via @BubbleCow, a site called guidetoliteraryagents.com has a few notes on word counts for novels. I don’t know what others think, but the numbers tally with my general impressions.
|80,000 — 89,999
|90,000 — 99,999
|70,000 — 79,999
||Might be too short; probably all right
|100,000 — 109,999
||Might be too long; probably all right
|110,000 or above
► Guide to Literary Agents — Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post
There are, actually, four ways to get published, but I can understand the legal reasons behind BubbleCow omitting kidnap.
Tier 1: The Big Boys; Tier 2: The Independents; Tier 3: Self Publishing
► BubbleCow: The three tiers of publishing or can my book make any money?