You receive a submission letter that excites you. Gripping story, interesting characters—the works. A “new voice” story. As you read the letter, you conclude that you’ve got to see a partial.
Until. You note that it is a debut novel and it’s 425,000 words long. What do you do?
250 words per page is generally considered to be standard. This means that your novel is 1,700 pages long. I would have to love this letter like a blanket in freezing weather and no shelter to even consider asking to see it.