hey, I'm new around here, but I've been reading the posts and a lot of people seem pretty knowledgeable. I just had a quick question - what's the real minimum novel length to get published? Everyone so far seems to say 40,000 words is the minimum for it to be called a "novel." I've written a story that's just over 40,000 words long, so technically it's a novel, but how difficult will it be to get published?

To quote some famous military guy, "if the minimum wasn't acceptable, it wouldn't be called the minimum." Is 40,000 word count truly the publishable minimum?