Speaking strictly for myself, your puzzle is just about the level of difficulty that I had in mind. As for the fill and the clues, I'm not skilled enough to comment from an editor's standpoint. However, as a solver, it was fun to do.
With the constructor vs. solver debate going on, I'm really not sure how this would play out. The puzzles need to be fun and challenging for the constructor, but at the same time need to fill a niche among solvers....which is stating the obvious. How do we identify the solving audience who would most likely respond to this kind of puzzle book? It's clear that we all have our ideas, and many of them are quite divergent. Is our audience the same audience who does the NYT and LAT regularly? Early week? Late week? Sunday? Are they going to be looking at a real challenge with lots witty tricks and clues, and or will they want a fairly straightforward fill that will test, but not tax, their United States geography skills will still providing a pleasant solver's experience? I'm inclined to think it would be the latter, but that's just the opinion of one constructor with only a couple years' experience.
I think we need to be very clear with one another that nothing is cast in stone here. Do those who volunteered for a state HAVE TO get a puzzle ready to go? No. If more than one person has volunteered for a state, whose puzzle will be selected and how will it be selected? At this point, that vehicle has not even begun to be put into place. Is AAA our main focus as an avenue for the puzzle? Not at all. Will top-notch editors need to be recruited to ensure the quality and consistency of the puzzles? Most definitely! Is profit the main engine for this project? For some, yes. For others, no. Will we need to come to an agreement as to whether this will be for profit or for fun? Yes. Will coming to that agreement be easy? Hell, no! :-) Etc, etc, etc....
The bottom line is that what absolutely has to be done is a consensus among all of us (via electronic media, no less!) on these and several other issues. If there is anybody out there who has even the slightest idea how to do that, let us know!! Because I'll be the first to admit I wouldn't have a clue how to do that. I'll be happy to continue collecting data and opinions, and disseminating them, but the skill and know-how to "herd the cats" into a cohesive unit with a singular sense of purpose would definitely NOT be within the scope of my expertise.
So I'll admit I've done a lot of talking with no solutions. It will take a meeting of brilliant organizational minds to pull this off, someone with the ability to "herd the cats". I hope he/she/they is/are out there.