Letís examine a few current examples and up front costs. Our authors typically pay an average of $2k-$3k for pre-press charges which include a digital galley run. Add another $10k for a 5000 copy print run (hard cover) and $5k for a publicist, and youíre up to about $18,000, paid out over the year it takes to launch the book. If all 5000 copies sold (and we only take on titles we believe will sell at least that many in the first six to twelve months), the author will net $21,920 after ALL expenses. She will break even after the sale of just 2,260 copies sold. And she will still own all the rights to her book.