Walmart might not have a large book section in most of its stores, but it can still move a lot of books. And that's why Jamie McGuire, a hybrid author with S&S, was pleased to announce that she had gotten one of her books on to the store's shelves:
Today, in a groundbreaking move by Wal-Mart, Beautiful Redemption: A Novel will be on the shelves in select stores! This is huge. This is pioneer stuff, friends, and this isjust the beginning of your favorite self-published titles being available to you!
I'm still looking for confirmation of this story, but I can add at this time that the novel in question is the second book in a trilogy. The first book in the series was published by Atria (S&S), but the last two books were self-published.
You can find the print edition of Beautiful Redemption on Amazon and other websites; it is distributed by the POD service Createspace (and so is its sequel). This book came out in January but is not yet listed on the Walmart website.
It is, however, in at least one Walmart store.
It's quite common to find POD books on bookstores websites (this includes Walmart, where I found 60 titles in a search) but it's far less common for those books to show up on a bookstore's limited shelf space. (None are available in a Walmart store within 50 miles of my location.)
If McGuire has pulled this off (I want to see books on a shelf before reporting it as fact) then it is a major coup.
Update: Scratch that; a third search in Twitter has turned up a tweet that confirms the report. So this has happened.
image via Robert Swartwood