For the last seven months I have been devoted to my first fantasy novel. I have passed about 70k words on my original goal of 120k. The problem here, is that I didn't expect my storyline to reach as deep as it has and now the expected wordcount will be closer to 300k. I have been reading about publishers idea wordcount for new authors being around 120k. My struggle is to now break down this epic fantasy to fit this mold with multiple books. Would I have any chance as a new author to write the entire story as an epic standalone novel? Or should I be writing to divide up my story into three parts? Sidenote: I have four POVs. All of which start on different areas of the world. Their paths will not intersect until the end of book two, (if I were to divide the novel into three).