Finished first draft of "The Eagle and the Dragon: A Novel of Rome and China" last fall. Completed three personal edits, currently 250K words/830 pages. 25 beta readers loved it and two professional editors liked what they saw. Professional editors reviewed synopses, first four chapters plus synopses of remaining 76 chapters. Paid pro made very good recommendations this week, about half already incorporated, mostly easy changes. She loved initial and accidental meeting with pirate in Alexandria bar. I think I will have her do the full Monty ($$$!). POV for one chapter, and make Ch 2 (Tribune's detachment brief with his legion commander) less tautological, drop some more narrative. She likes "voice" of MC, though she has only seen him a few times. Got a cover layout, and had a native speaker sanity check the writing on the banner (traditional Chinese script), without knowing what I intended it to say: "West (ern) Harmony" so good to go with that, graphic artist making it pretty.