My best estimate is 200,000 words, so that should fill the bill. The sample chapters, which I’m editing now, are together over twenty thousand. It’s got enough scope to include a full complement of minor characters, and even story arcs for some of them.
On a related note, one of the ubiquitous pieces of advice one hears about novel-writing is to “write cinematically”: that is, so that someone will eventually buy movie rights! So, having written about Bourne yesterday, I will say that, as a reader I do often try to picture the characters of a novel in my mind. Now, writing Clotho’s Loom, I never really did get a clear image of Will or Nexus, but there was one minor character who always stood out very clearly to me: Nexus’ new friend, Sage. I’ve posted a photo of Gina Torres (a “Big Bad” in Angel, Zoe in Serenity). She has the beauty, the toughness, the Earth-Mother look, the acting chops, and the height! Interestingly enough, I had dream-cast her in this role years before she appeared as the head of a law firm in Suits (TV)–you’ll see why I call this kismet when you read into the mid-chapters.
If there’s enough interest later, we’ll do a full “casting call” by readers. For now, I’ll leave off for bigger news tomorrow. So check back!