Huge minimum margins
I'm looking to publish a manga on Lulu but it seems I'm going to have issues with such wide margins.
The size would be pocketbook (4.25"x6.88", eligible for retail when browsing the site in french - I don't get that by the way), full bleed, but .5" margins make a really narrow live area (that's 1.27cmx2 of side margins for a 10.79cm wide book, and I'd rather not add the gutter).
Here industry printers usually require .5cm bleed, and .3cm margins, so even if I know POD is different, I just have trouble admitting that such margins are required.
I can't go over .7cm margins (that's around .27"), and I have read lots of messages saying that .5" is the rule, but did someone already got stuff cut off with .4" or even .3" margins? Is there a realistic/average/noted length, as opposed to a really safe .5" margin?
Sorry for my english, and thanks!