Hi everyone, I'm sure this question must be answered somewhere but I have not been successful in finding it. A year ago, when I first joined this forum, I had finished writing a novel. It was not my first novel, but it was my first novel completed as an adult. After going through many threads here and reading many wonderful creations that others have posted here I have learned a great deal. After spending a few months on world building and character building, I felt I was ready to re-write the entire story. I don't mean that I went in and edited it (because I had done that already about 20 times). I mean I started a brand new word document and re-wrote it from scratch. Although the plot stayed the same, some parts were still included, while others were removed. Now it finally has much more depth and stronger emotion. My problem is this: my old version was about 98,000 words. The new version now has over 160,000 words. If I were to ever submit this to a publisher, it's sure to be rejected based purely on its length as I've never been published before. So should I scrap it and try writing it again to reduce the word count drastically? Should I just look at self-publishing? The genre is Young Adult Fiction. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.