.... is now 6699 words, down from the earlier 9444 mountain! Will do a couple of edits and read throughs and try to get it closer to 6000 before sending!
UPDATED PLAN. Since I have 20 pages of text and 700 excess words, I figure I just need to cut 35 words per pages, which is just a couple of sentences. Easy, huh? I'll see how it goes!