I've been dancing around a topic whenever I work on my query letter -- my audience. I know that's a really bad sign. But, it's the truth. Although I had a young adult audience in mind when I started my novel, I've now learned that a twelve-year old protagonist (almost thirteen) is too young for the YA audience. I'd be happy to target the MG market (in a not-dumbed-down fashion), but the length of the manuscript is 98,000 words. Aging my character is not really an option and sufficiently lowering the word count (it started out at 158,000 words), I can't conceive as being possible either. Does an unknown writer have a snowball's chance of attracting an agent or publisher for a YA novel that has a younger-than-usual protagonist (there are many adult interactions with the MC and their backstories are pertinent to him) or getting representation for a REALLY long MG novel?