So in ode to that giant overwrite, here's some links on the sweet spot for word count.
This post by Jennifer Laughran is often referred to as the one to check for word count reference. Also see this post about word count on the Writer's Digest site as opinions vary on the perfect word count. In fact, you can check around to different posts and then take an average for what they all say to probably give you best idea of a true range.
Too much over or under the acceptable range is not a good thing. Here's hoping you come in under 254K.
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