This has been a very contradictory topic for me. I've been told that publishers expect fantasy books to be that long but others would tell me that 170k is too long. So far I've been cutting things down but now I fear that I'm killing my story by doing that. I love writing with a bit of flowery prose but I have to keep myself back every time.
This has been stressing me out for weeks now and I could really, really use some advice here. Is it possible at this time to have a manuscript of this length? If not, then how can I raise my chances to get it published? I know I can't compare myself to others but there are debut stories that go over 150k words.
Thank you in advance.