Hello All, I keep reading that first-time published authors should stay under 80,000 - 100,000 words if they want their novel to be published. Apparently, publishers don't like to take financial risks with 1st Time authors, so they don't want to publish anything bigger/longer than 100K words. Is this correct? Does the publishing world really do this? I'm asking because there is NO WAY I can finish my first novel under 100,000 words. My 1st novel is a complex, layered, detailed & ambitious narrative. There is NO WAY I can tell the story I want to tell under around 200,000 words. So here's my question - Will my 200K+ words doorstop of a novel be rejected everywhere because it is "too big/long for a 1st time published author"? Will I have to self-publish/vanity publish/e-publish it because traditional publishers won't touch my First-Timer epic? Any advice on this would be most welcome!