Self-Publish Like a Pro: Finding an Audience, posted July 10, 2014.
In it, Alexandra Fletcher discusses the need to build a base of readers before your book comes out.
Regardless of your road to publishing, her statements ring true, and are a wake-up call to authors who think their book will sell without visibility and following.
"Nothing diminishes an author’s self-publishing dream quite like watching sales stagnate after a title’s release. An author aggressively promotes the book on social media platforms. Her friends, co-workers, and family members buy copies and write reviews to show support. But within days or weeks of the book launch, the author is hit with the sobering realization that sales have dropped off because no one outside of her immediate social circle is looking for it."
Wherever you are in your book promotion plans, take a look at the article and see if you can adapt a few of Fletcher's suggestions. Here is the link: Publishers Weekly