If you’re an independently published author and bookstore placement is a goal for you, the good news is that you have options. Barnes and Noble can be indie author-friendly, but first you need to make sure your book is ready for prime time.
How to ensure your book gets bookstore placement consideration:
Professional book production is absolutely essential. One of the biggest mistakes new authors make it to skimp on editing. Your book should be well-edited, preferably by multiple professional editors. A few typos are forgivable; a dozen or more will remove your book from professional consideration, and likely be reflected in reader reviews as well.