Thanks to their wonderful insight, I realize that I have some retooling to do to get my new series up to speed. These changes are going to be more substantial than expected and will require some major changes in both the size of the books as well as their release dates. I had originally planned for the first few books to be novellas. But the new changes to the story line has changed the structure of the stories and have resulted in them becoming full-length novels. Believe me when I say I didn't see it coming!
With that said, I'm less concerned with the overall word count of my books than providing a satisfying reading experience. I'm off to do that now and will continue to work to make sure the debut of my series lives up to the hype.
While I'm in the trenches tidying things up, I'll soon reveal the title of my series. So look out for it.