Basically, want to have about 55k words in my novel. Initially was thinking 75k, but my novel will be broken down into 11 distinct sections. About 5k words apiece brings me to 55k. I still fear that the small word count would hurt my chances of traditional publishing (the only publishing I'd preferably like to do), but let me know what you guys think. Anyways, my main character superhero doesn't really have any run-ins until about 6k words in. Is this too long, in your mind? It's not all exposition before that, more of nothing really happening (it's a satirical piece, and part of the humor is that it's pretty damn hard to walk down the street and just find crime). I don't want it to drag on and bore my readers, but I also don't want to break the linear plot I've developed. I think it fits the story well.