Hi all! I'm getting close to finishing the first novel I'm serious about trying to get published. I tried submitting one previously just to see how it worked (or in case I turned out to be a genius without knowing it - suffice to say I did not), but deep down I knew it was not of publishable quality and stopped after 10-15. For this one, I actually rather like and want to give it its best chance, so I'm working with an editor and so forth. It's very much on the long side at 175k words, but I really think it needs that many words to tell the story (particularly since it's written in late 19th century pastiche, which really balloons the word count), and that kind of sprawling multi-character book is my favourite to read, so I'm not interested in cutting it significantly. However, I also know that the market for really long Gothic horror character dramas isn't huge and is already pretty saturated, so it's perfectly possible that no one will think it's worth picking up, in which case I will trunk it for the time being. My question is, how do I know when I've reached that point? How many rejections/unanswered queries should I give it? (I'm UK-based in case it makes a difference.) Many thanks in advance!