The manuscript I've recently finished is only about 49,000 words, therefore it's not exactly long enough to be considered strictly an adult novel, though when I put it into the young adult category, I feel funny. The protagonist is in her twenties, not exactly in the teenager realm, and the situations that arise might be a little too heavy for the younger teens category. Yet, with my word count, it doesn't seem right to be classified as an adult novel, either (and I'm sure most publishers wouldn't see it as one...) So I'm torn. I wrote the story, understanding 80k words was the base for first time novelists, but I also didn't want to fill the story with useless text. I wanted to complete the story when I saw fit, and I believe I did. Is my manuscript pretty much a lost hope, because it's not up to par with the word count, should I consider it YA, or are there exceptions and can I classify it as an adult story?