As of 3:30pm today, I have finally completed all re-edits on Book I!!!!
What began as a 173,923 word novel is now only 151,464!
It is tighter, more concise, better grammer, and missing a couple continuety errors. (Dang, and I thought I had all those!) But most important, it is now up the the same standard of quality as the last three books.
First efforts are so first efforts!
Now, on to the editor ...