I have just submitted my manuscript for editing and layout! The word count is far higher than the originally expected amount - about three times as high, actually.
What that means is that there will be extra cost for layout, editing, and printing. Nevertheless, it doesn't make sense to scale the size of the book down. The additional cost will be paid, and I will be moving on to the marketing segment of the book, as well as planning the book launch, and getting people on board to help with that.
If all goes well, it may even be printed before Christmas! Here's hoping!