I just don’t know which way to jump so I’m asking for your opinions. Here’s the dilemma. I have a fully-formed manuscript which has been beta-read and critiqued. I have incorporated some of the subsequent suggestions, discarded others. Other than a thorough and independent proofread it’s ready to go.

I love it, but there again don’t all writers love their own work? It is set in West Cork, Ireland and the main character is an old house which is bought by an American couple. They get more than they bargain for. I had a ball researching old Celtic legends and myths and sprinkling them into the storyline. I think it’s tight and very readable. BUT (and it’s a big but) it runs to ‘only’ 71,500 words. At the Winchester Writers’ Festival I was told that it’s 10,000-20,000 words too short to interest agents/publishers. I really wanted to give this one a chance of being picked up by a traditional publisher.Dilemma

So here’s the thing. I really don’t fancy re-working the story. It’s fine. Any addition would be padding and I’m just as liable to wreck it as improve it. So do I

1. Just knuckle down and do what’s required to bring it up to 80k-90k words and start submitting to agents?

2. Submit it anyway despite what I’ve been told?

3. Forget the traditional route again and just throw it out as an ebook?

As a writer what would YOU do?