Okay, so I just wrote half a chapter for my novel, not even actually, and the word count for that snippet of writing alone is around 4000 words. My book is now at 107,000 words and I still have maybe 7 chapters left. At the rate that I'm going, I'll easily pass 110,000, maybe even make it to 120,000. For a first time novel, that's not something publishers want to take a chance with. 80k - 100k is probably standard. So I had an idea just now. The plot I'm using could be split into two separate parts, if you will, but the plot is way too wound to cut the reader out halfway, at such a pivotal juncture. Not to mention, the planned series (I hope) is almost excrutiatingly planned book by book, sequel to sequel. Now, I hope someone understands the idea I'm about to pitch, so... What if, say, I published two books, right after the other. But they each shared the same name, (for example, The Kingdom Chronicles: Shadows of Avalon) only the second one had some way of telling the reader it's 'Part II', or something along those lines. Now, if this became a series, would the description 'Book 1' be appropriate, even though the two 'parts' would be published in two seperate books? Would it be smarter to name it 'Volume I' or something alternative to 'Book 1'? Would a publisher even go for an idea like this, since it's obviously just a way to make the first one smaller, as a taste, so people will come back for more? I hope that made even a lick of sense.