InDesign Insufficient Gutter Space

 I was writing my first novel Spirit of the Wolf, and first book in the 6×9 publishing size when I came across this vexing problem when trying to publish. Adobe InDesign -Insufficient Gutter Space. Amazon said there wasn’t enough room on the inside margin. Oh no, I thought, am I going to have to reformat my entire manuscript?

Repairing Insufficient Gutter Space

So I went into my InDesign settings for columns and margins and tinkered with the settings, a little more room on the inside margin, a little less on the outside. Nothing seemed to work. So I then went to the web, who else might have had this problem. And apparently it was fairly widespread but nobody seemed to have a good solution.

A Closer Look

I took a closer look at the error and noticed some numbers included with the message, what were they? I clicked on one of the numbers and it took me to a page number in the manuscript. Apparently Amazon was giving me the page numbers for the errors. So it wasn’t the entire document. That was a relief, I would not have to reformat the entire book.

Coloring Outside the Lines

As it turned out, Coloring outside the lines might have been a better error message.  When I set up the pages on a few of them the text box went slightly over the edge of the InDesign box. That was enough to exceed the gutter limit. All I had to do was grab onto the inside edge of the text box and bring it back within the InDesign page boundary on the pages that Amazon had flagged.

So there you have it. A simple solution to an apparently complex problem.

Deia Eternally Free

In the meantime, check out my new novel Spirit of the Wolf, first in a series of efforts by our main character and wildlife activist Caleb to lobby for more humane treatment of our nations treasured resource, our wildlife. Learn the story of the famous wolf 832F, or 06 as she is known for the year of her birth. Follow our main character as he goes to war against trophy hunters, welfare ranchers and the barbarians of our time, the trappers. Also follow his love interest Lacey as she achieves supermodel status in the Bay Area of California!

Also feel free to visit my book page to view other books I have published!

Steven W. Krull

Photographer and author Steve Krull has been photographing and writing about the of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and it’s amazing diversity of life for over two decades. He has published thousands of images and several books including his latest novel Spirit of the Wolf.

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