Q. I’m an unpublished author seeking representation. How long should my first novel be?

A. You should keep it under 100,000 words. A longer novel is considered unwieldy and expensive to produce for an unestablished author. Within the limit, your novel will vary according to genre. For example, a novel for young adults (YA) is generally around 60-70 thousand words, science fiction might be 90-100,000 words.