Walmart & Print Books

Walmart in the US is now selling indie-published books from their website. I’m guessing that authors whose books sell well on the site will have upcoming titles considered for in-store placement, which is pretty neat. It’s wonderful that they’re also welcoming indie-published titles.

The frustrating bit is their search engine. First, you have to put the author name within double quotes in the search field – “Claire Delacroix” or “Deborah Cooke” – order to get results.

The second thing is the search engine itself.

If you search on “Claire Delacroix”, the results will be The Princess, The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance and To Weave a Web of Magic. All traditionally published titles. If you search on “Deborah Cooke”, the results will be Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate. Again, these are traditionally published titles.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixBut where are my indie titles? I did a little experiment and searched on my publisher name, “Deborah A. Cooke”.

Bingo. There they are.

This is recent because the cover for The Beauty Bride available from Walmart is this one, on the left, which only went live in June.

On the one hand, it’s great that all the new Claire Delacroix titles are available from the Walmart website. On the other hand, I think it’s pretty unlikely that people will find them there without any help.

So, here’s a tip. One place to easily find the publisher name on a title is on the Amazon website – and yes, it’s strange to go to one portal to find the information you need to shop at another portal, but Amazon has always been an encyclopedic reference for books. The publisher name is in the product details. Scroll down on the page for The Beauty Bride, and you’ll find this:

How to find the publisher name at Amazon

It’s not highlighted on Amazon. I just did that here for you. 🙂

I also realized that the True Love Brides series and the Champions of St. Euphemia series aren’t being returned in any of these results. Hmm. I licensed the print distribution for these books to a company called EverAfter, but they have thousands of books. I searched by title for “The Frost Maiden’s Kiss” and there it is:

The Frost Maiden's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Walmart

So, searching by title might be a good plan when you have a specific book in mind.

I’ve asked if this data can be updated, so it’s possible there will be changes. We’ll see.

Having indie books available for sale at Walmart is a good thing and an exciting development. But, remember when you’re looking for an author’s books there to be persistent!

Edited to add – not all titles are there, as of today. I’ve added Walmart buy links to the pages here on the site for the books that are available from Walmart’s site. Maybe they’ll be adding more. (?) Look for my “Buy at Walmart” icon here on my site: 

Buy at Walmart

Exciting News #1

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix    The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series

This bit of news has been in the works for a while, but the deal is finally done so I can tell you about it. I’ve signed an agreement to make my print books more readily available to bricks-and-mortar outlets – that would be primarily Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo, although all portals stocking print books can access them this way. It’s an enhancement of the way I’ve already made some books available through Ingram. They’ll still go through Ingram and still be print-on-demand, but there are exciting possibilities for promotion and distribution of upcoming titles.

I’m hoping you’ll find more of my books in your local bookstore as a result of this partnership and am pretty excited about it!

Right now, we’ve agreed to begin with 8 books: the four medieval romances in The True Love Brides Series and the four medieval romances in The Champions of Saint Euphemia Series. If all goes according to plan, then more of my upcoming releases will join the list.

If you shop at a bricks-and-mortar bookstore that stocks romance, you can help this process by requesting that they stock these books or order the ones you want for you.

I’ve got more good news to share tomorrow…

More Books at Chapters Indigo

Well, it’s happened! These three print editions are now available at Chapters Indigo. They can be ordered online. Clicking the links below will take you to their site.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke

Firestorm Forever at Chapters Indigo

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThe Crusader’s Bride at Chapters IndigoThe Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixThe Frost Maiden’s Kiss at Chapters Indigo

I’m trying to find out why The Dragon Legion Collection and Serpent’s Kiss aren’t there…stay tuned!

Firestorm Forever in Print

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeWith each new book published, there’s more for me to learn – and always another experiment to try. The publication of Firestorm Forever is no different. This time, I thought I’d try approving the print edition for release early. I did that on Tuesday, which made the print edition available for purchase immediately on Createspace. It also sent the information about the book perking through the network to Amazon companies. It’s now available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. At the UK and DE stores, though, the two editions haven’t married up yet.

Strangely enough, the listing on Amazon.ca won’t come from Amazon, but from another distributor (who will create a listing for the book, then make it available on Amazon.ca. I’m not joking.) I’ll send the book into extended distribution on Monday. which will dispatch its information to another network, so it becomes available at B&N, Amazon.ca, the Book Depository and other portals. We’ll see how long that takes.

Remember that if you intend to buy both print and digital editions, and if you intend to shop at Amazon.com, buying the print edition first will allow you to buy the digital edition for just 99 cents, through their Matchbook program. I wish this were possible at all portals, but only Amazon.com offers it.