Self Publishing: The Perils of Indie

I’m sitting up late tonight… again … trying to upload the same fixed format manuscript to Createspace … again. I am on pdf version 8 and after I corrected their issues, now they have flagged every page. I’ve asked to speak to an actual person now.

The problem is that I am working with full bleed images on an unusual trim size. I have always used Createspace and typically am pleased with their quality, speed and ease. In this case, I think their system is bucking against something different than the norm.

If I can’t get it fixed by tomorrow I will have to move on to the next project and come back to it. Ah, the perils of self publishing. I’d consider getting my own press, but that would open a whole new horizon of issues, besides being expensive.

Anyone have a crew like this they’ll loan me?



About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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2 Responses to Self Publishing: The Perils of Indie

  1. Sorry to hear things are being stubborn, and I wish I could help. Good luck with it!

  2. Lexa Cain says:

    Yikes! I don’t think I’d ever be able to figure out how to manage the print side of self-pubbing. But I adore ebooks. Those are all I get now (and pub). I’m saving trees! lol Good luck working out the issues.

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