Obviously, the genre you are writing often determines the length of your piece. YA books tend to be shorter than their adult counterparts, and word counts vary by sub-genre as well. So, how viable is a short novel (novella?) in the world of publishing? My current project is at ~29k for the complete and edited first thirteen chapters. That's fine for now, but I am concerned that my finished product may not exceed 40k. Okay, so it is a YA story (16-25yo range) and the sub-genre is action comedy. Well, it's not a genre that lends itself to extensive word counts. I mean, it's short and to the point. It's composed of about 30% tension-building and 70% action - I really don't want to saturate the story with unneeded detail just to satisfy a word count. Okay, maybe it's not a novel. Is this still viable?