This is when authors start worrying, and here are a few things on my list.
Will the copy editor get her part done in time? Amazon is very strict about pre-orders. Authors must have the books out by the release date (in this case, September 1st) or they're in TROUBLE. This is a small worry, since my copy editor has never let me down before.
Did I choose the right title/cover/blurb (etc.) Second-guessing is what we authors do, and today it hit me that using "Dad" in the title might make the book seem like YA. I don't think that's a big problem either, because most who buy this book have already read Books 1 and 2 and know differently.
What kind of promotion should I be doing? Every author I know hates promo, but we also know we need to do it. The guy who edited my last book said the COVID crisis has raised the number of books being prepared for publication astronomically. Everybody apparently used the lock-down time to finish/polish up that manuscript. That's great for readers, but it means authors like me have to fight that much harder to be noticed. I need reviews, mentions online (just saying, "I'm reading The Trouble with Dad this week" is helpful, believe it or not. Number one way people choose books is by hearing about them from friends.) Anyway, I'm lining up a bunch of promos, but each one has different requirements, so it's massively time-consuming.
NOTE: If you haven't read the first book of the series, KIDNAP.org, you can download it for free here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/dpn0aqmfzx
It will be also be available free at regular booksellers in August, like Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. (If I know what I'm doing, which... sometimes.)
And of course there's the old, "Will they like it?" question. I'm getting better at not worrying about this. I've read so many bad books (IMHO) that other people loved, and of course I love lots of books that make people shake their head at me: Thomas Hardy? Really? (Yeah, I really love his stuff.)
I like The Trouble with Dad. As Robin's finale, it completes the arc of her character begun in KIDNAP.org and continued in Pharma Con. When I finished the first book, my editor said, "You know she's going to have to face her dad at some point." I hadn't thought about it until that moment, but I knew she was right. So here it is, Robin versus Dad. It's funny. It's suspenseful. It's satisfying.
Pre-order and enjoy!
By the way, THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY is also a Bookfunnel giveaway this month. Here's the link: https://books.bookfunnel.com/cozymysteryfreebies/3466549637