Originally Posted by Ishar
. This seemed to be where a lot of the website were leading, saying that for a first time author publishers didnt want to print too many pages if they couldnt be sure it would sell well. Once you were published though your word count could increase drastically.
You have to ask yourself whether these websites are talking about SF/Fantasy or whatever genre you happen to be working in.
If you're not writing in the SFF genres, then this is not necessarily the best place to get advice. If you are, you can't do better than listen to what John Jarrold says, after all his years and his continuing involvement in the business.
But if it is SFF, it would help if we all had a general idea of what sort of books you are writing. Science fiction? Alternate history? Epic/heroic fantasy? Historical fantasy? Urban fantasy? Is the book for adults or for younger readers? All of these things make a difference.