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Just wondering about the average word count that a publishing house requires for a submitted manuscript. Any advise would be appreciated. My manuscript as of now is 75% complete and the word count is around 35,000.

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For a traditionally published novel, you should be looking at around 80-120k words, depending on genre.
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What is the genre and age group your story is aimed at?
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Mike C and AnyaKimlun have pretty much covered this. Wordcount requirements vary by publisher. Some will take 20,000 and above, some won't take works longer than 120,000. My rule of thumb is 90k+ is a full-length novel. 30-60k is a novella, and anything below that is a short story. Personally, I'd rather self-publish the latter than shop it out.
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