We all have picked up and read books that became popular when the subject matter they were written about becomes a household word. Some time we look at the publication date and see it’s much earlier than when everyone decided this is the ‘new’ popular subject to discuss.
The subject isn’t new. It’s just that everyone suddenly decided to talk about it.
The same may be the case for your own book(s). It may not be time for your book to shine. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad book or none of the things people may tell you as to why it isn’t selling or making the Amazon top 100 or is listed in the New York Times. With enough money thrown behind it a crappy book can become a best seller. I know for I have read plenty of them.
I don’t mean after death kinda of celebrity status when the person isn’t around to hear or read what’s said about their work. That’s pretty much useless to an author. Like Picasso’s paintings are now worth millions. People fight each other to get one but when the man was living, he could barely give them away and the same applies to Herman Melville. I mean while you are still breathing. I say this because social economical climates changes. The morale of a nation changes.
Therefore keep writing. Write with the notion that failure is not an option. Keep writing and someone will take notice. Most authors have written many books but only becomes well known for one. Upton Sinclair wrote nearly 100 books and other works in several genres but is only well known for a few.
I have read lots of Indie books that are fantastic and can see if the author keep going they can become quite successful.