So, i have absolutely no training in the art of writing a book; yet, recently decided i should write one. that is why i am here anyway- one of the first things i read here was a critique of someone's query letter (?). in his letter, he said that his book had liiiike.. 145,000 words. a few posts later, somebody said that 145,000 was waaaaay too many for a first time novelist, and in their re-worked query letter, substituted the 145,000 words with a paltry 9,000. is this really a more realistic number??? i'm not quite finished with the first chapter of my book, and i already have 2500 words. i can see two chapters, for me, easily reaching over 9000 words. am i extremely longwinded? or does 9000 words seem like more of a short story than a novel? is there a golden number that i'm going to end up ignoring?