Algonquin Books operates out of a small, cramped building behind publisher Louis D. Rubin's house in Chapel Hill. The company's purpose is to publish quality books that showcase emerging Southern writers. In the past three years, fifteen titles have been published with seven more to be added this year. Rubin and his senior editor and cofounder Shannon Ravenel work without compensation. Although the company has a growing reputation, the economic life of a small press is perilous. To turn a profit, the company must publish 3,500 copies of a title.