I have written the initial drafts for the first two novels in my series. Originally, I split the story into two parts because the entire manuscript was 150,000 words. Two 75,000-word novels sounds great, right?
So, I took my first 75k-word novel and did two more drafts. Lots of content editing, etc. And now, part 1 is only 55k words. Yikes. I guess I'm very wordy.
The first draft of Part 2 is still 75k words... but I imagine that it will also shrink once it goes through the necessary drafts.
I know that 55k words isn't really novel-length (it's technically over the 50k-word minimum, but the vast majority of novels are much longer).
Which is better for a first-time author... two 55k-word novels, or a single 110k-word novel?
P.S. My target genre is YA historical fiction / fantasy.