ECHO's length: "Perceptibly shorter"?
"ECHO should be perceptibly shorter than ABOSAA or FIERY CROSS (both of which were pushing the physical limits of what can be bound between covers)"
"Well, it'll probably be somewhere in the OUTLANDER/DRAGONFLY/VOYAGER size range, is what I mean. Adequate to the purpose. <g>."
My initial reaction to that was disappointment, but on the other hand, she can certainly pack a tremendous amount into a relatively shorter book (like VOYAGER, for example). And as she notes, the book won't get done by the end of the year (and therefore, published on time next fall) if it's as long as ABOSAA or FIERY CROSS.
Thoughts? Opinions? Reactions? (Rampant speculation is always welcome, too. [g])