I've been working on a novel for six years and it's roughly 220,000 words. (the sequel which is not yet finished is so far about 100,000 words but will probably end up in the region of around 180 - 200) I've never shown it to a professional editor, agent or publisher. I still need to work on it a bit but I'm aiming to get the entire manuscript ready to send off by the end of this year.
I mentioned this on another writing forum (although I said 250,000 words there which I realised was incorrect when I went back and checked my story!) and a forum user said it might be difficult to get such a large book published.
Does my large word count affect my chances of being published?
Also, I'm quite inexperienced with the world of publishing and only know what I've read in my copies of the Writers and Artists Yearbook so any tips would be greatly appreciated