I’m supercompressing things now — the proposal is already sixty-seven pages long and I need to wrap it up. I’m having to fight to stay focused on the main theme, too — the story tends to branch of in a lot of directions and I’m having to go back, cut things I’ve written, and bring the thing back into line.
The last time I went through this much work for any thing was with development for the Secret Texts trilogy, which was equally as big a pain in the ass. That turned out well, however. I’ll have to trust the process, and that this will, too.