By my calculations, Necromancer’s Betrayal will be 140,000 words long when finished. My agent told me to make it shorter than book 1, you see, which was 165,000 words.
Why did the agent want it shorter? Well, the price of a book is based on how many pages it is. That’s why I had Necromancer’s Gambit printed as a 9×6 (392 pages) rather than an 8×5 (would have been nearer to 600 pages).