Hey gang. I have some questions. I have read on this forum, as well as others, that an new author should stick to 110,000 words or less with their first submission to have a chance of seeing it published. Why 110,000? How rigid is that guideline? I would hate to see anybody (myself included) hack away at their work just to get to a word count target when the story is marketable at 130,000 or even 150,000, new author or not. Thoughts?