In an effort to reach 70,000 words, I added a sub-chapter to my novel that totaled 1,095 words. Now, the novel sits at 68,298 words. I have gone through it several times, and, really, the story is told. So the novel falls into several genres: Historical Fiction Science Fiction Short Story In just over 68,000 words, I have told nothing less than the history of the universe, with a focus on the evolution of man. The story tells the tale of 21 "Adams," (They are all named Adam), in various stages of human evolution, starting with the earliest fish-like creatures, and ending with humans of the future. I've asked this question once before, but I am now nearing the query letter stage and I want to ask it again. Given the genres that my novel falls into, and given my feeling that the novel is complete, how concerned should I be about the 68,000 word length?