<Exasperated sigh> I've been working on my query letter. And the time has come divulge the word count. I don't know why but I just can't make the cut that seems to be a necessity for a first time novelist to be published. I'm contemplating trying something, but I don't know if it's so audacious it's guaranteed to fail. I can make my 210 000k book considerably shorter. It's got two stories running parallel, and I can simply remove one. The one that I could exclude is much shorter than the other and is not going to cut the word count in half or anything, but it will make a big difference. However the essence of the book will be lost, and my original vision would be all but decimated. But it would have a more acceptable word count. So heres my plan. I tell the agent the book is 210 000 words, but if they so wish it can be cut down to something much shorter in a matter of hours. If they read the manuscript they'll see how. It'll never work right? Or should I just do it first? Cut out the heart and then query. I'm so confused. I mean I knew my word count was an impossible figure, but as I do more reading into the matter, its starting to seem like it's impossible with a full stop.