Alright, I have finished my first novel. I'm very proud and happy to finally have this thing done, but here's my problem: it clocks in at 72,650 words. I'm told that most publishers won't even consider anything under 80,000. How do I beef it up? It's a very tightly-focused psychological horror about a young man who loses his high school sweetheart/fiance in a car wreck. She was his first friend and someone he knew his whole life and it destroys him; he pretty much withdraws from life. Two years later he's finally starting to move on with his life when he sees what appears to be her ghost, desperate to be reunited with him. It sets off a chain of events that has devastating consequences for himself, his friends and family and ultimately his community. As far as plot goes, I can't really think of anything else to add. Artificially adding plot would be a bridge to nowhere and I don't think it would fit, and I don't want to over-do description to the point where it's just boring fluff, but I need a way to make this just a bit longer. Or do I?