80,000 to 100,000 words is said to be the ideal length for a first novel, so will it hamper my chances of finding a publisher if my manuscript runs to only 60,000 words? I could add more material, but as I’ve already said what I wanted to say. Extra chapters would mealy be sub-plots, and as fun as they may be, they are not essential to my story. I would rather set them aside for use in a second manuscript. But in general do publishers shy away from novels of short stature? Should I get out the stilts?