Probably shouldn't be concerned about it. I was reading somewhere recently that Publishers like to see a minimum of Eighty thousand words.....is that really necessary? I believe I read it in one of those "how to write a query letter" sites. "Troubled Memories" is only about 73,000 words. The story is told and adding more to its length, as far as I'm concerned, would be counter-productive. Nothing a reader hates worse than to read pages of pointless text (I'm a reader...I know this is true, lol). I'm currently 36,000 words into "The Bird Nest" and I think it's likely to see that one somewhere in the 90,000 word range-- no concern there. So I'm just asking for tips. Should I try to figure out a way to get the word count up, or leave it as is? All advice is....as always....very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.