Do you really care how many words are in your manuscript? Do you think every word you've written is absolutely necessary? Do you think agents care? Editors? Publishers?
One of my favorite quotes:
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard
Well. If your word count is too high (based on industry standards) for your chosen genre, you are giving agents a reason to reject your WIP before they consider any other aspect of your project. Agents are busy. They may be more willing (based on blogs I've read) to consider a ms within the standard word counts than they would be one that exceeds those numbers. For one reason, their time is limited. They may not have the time to read your 100,000 word picture book (haha). For another reason, many agents consider an excessive word count to be evidence you haven't mastered editing your own work, yet.
Curious what those "industry standards" are? Here's a great resource: Guide to Literary Agents - Word Count
Do you think your word count matters?