Is there a word count number that publishers don't want a first-time novelist to go beyond or they'll autofile the submission without further consideration? I almost have all my chapters written for a young adult/adult horror adventure (vampire) novel and am standing around 150k words. What do I do if that's too many? Do I break it into two books? Would a beta reader help identify areas I could cut out? I hate to get it professionally edited since I want to do traditional publishing, but is that what it's going to take for people to actually consider it? Help!