Over the past few months, you've made a few comments on Twitter and on your blog about word counts and autorejections. I doubt your recall, but we even had a brief (pleasant, I hope) exchange on twitter on a question of high word counts for genre.
As a data point, I would offer this rejection I received today. I've not included any agency info, as I don't wish to point fingers, I'd only like to share my experience.
Thank you for your query but we're going to decline at this time. While your premise is certainly intriguing, the word count is very high / low for this genre. A great resource for acceptable word counts by genre, we recommend checking out Literary Rejections: Word Count.
Thank you for considering us for your work and we wish you great success with your writing career.
The link embedded in the email was a dead link, and I'm not sure what information the site should have included.
This was a rejection on an epic/blackpowder fantasy, adult category of 122,000 words.
The rejection is fine as far as that goes. At this point I'm (mostly) used to it. I'll keep writing, and I'll keep submitting. I do admit it can sometimes be discouraging when it is difficult to find consistent information regarding expectations in the query process.
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For starters, who ever those guyz are, they're wrong.
It's not only possible to sell historicals and sff at 120K, it happens often enough not to be an exception to the norm.
Now, these guyz are trying to be helpful. They've heard your cries of woe about non-responders, and form emails. Their thought is here's some info to ease the pain.
What they forgot though is that word count, like a lot of "givens", is a moving target.
Ten years ago, if you'd asked me if I could sell an essay collection, I'd have screamed with laughter.
Now, not so much screaming as strategizing.
It's true though that some agents learn "the rulez" and never bother to think about why the rule became one. That's how they miss trends and savvier agents create them.
Vampires are dead! Long live Stephanie Meyers.
Self pubbed fan fiction is a joke! Long live 50 Shades of Grey.
Your novel is too long! Hello George RR Martin who was writing big ass tomes LONG before Game of Thrones made it to HBO.
Your novel is too short. Hello Jeff Somers and Chum, a rollicking book of somewhere around 50K.
It's clear you're not tearing your hair out over this rejection, and that's a good thing.
There are some absolutes on word counts right now. 40K is too short, 300K is too long.
Between those two points there's a lot of flexibility depending on where you're publishing, and what kind of book you've got.
In the end a rejection means the agent you asked didn't think s/he could sell the book. That doesn't mean I can't or someone else can't either.