Category Archives: editorial

Artypeeps has a new nest >>>>

Chirp chirp! In a long-awaited merger the Artypeeps network is now part of The Curved House, a creative agency working primarily for publishers and authors. Please visit to find out more.

This blog will shortly migrate to The Curved House but we will continue to have our twice-yearly Artypeeps drinks nights and will keep the network active through Facebook.

Thank you to all of the Artypeeps crew who have supported the various endeavors and made our network the special little community that it is.


Artypeeps have a new Facebook page

Ahoy peeps! Those of you in the Artypeeps Facebook network will know that we have almost 900 Facebook friends all around the world. We want to get our network up into the thousands so we’ve now started a fan page. We’ll be profiling some of our favourite designers, illustrators, artists and other wonderful creatives on this new page. We’ll also be handpicking fans of our page to profile their work so we need to see lots of talented peeps liking the page!

Visit the new Artypeeps Fan Page, click ‘LIKE’ and then spread the word to all your friends. Thanks!

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas for book-lovers

Three sleeps ’til Christmas, and where are you at?
You’re putting off shopping, cursing the tat.
Perhaps we can help with a few good ideas,
Delivered in prose to spread Christmas cheer.

Something to treasure and squish in a stocking:

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduced by Kate Mosse
Beautiful, highly collectible pocket classics by White’s Books
Art Direction by David Pearson
£6.29 from Amazon

Something quite gruesome and really quite shocking:

127 Hours Book Jacket127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Aron Ralston
Tie-in with the recently released Danny Boyle film of the same name.
£4.48 from the Book Depository

Digital mania! Here are two brilliant apps:

malcolm tucker's iphoneMalcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone
Published for the iPhone by Faber
£3.99 from iTunes
mark kermode app ebookIt’s Only A Movie
by Mark Kermode
Published for the iPhone by Random House
£6.99 from iTunes

And a linguist’s companion by those hardworking hacks:

Guardian style by David Marsh and Amelia HodsdonGuardian Style
By David Marsh and Amelia Hodsdon
The latest edition of the editorial style guide for Guardian, Observer and
RRP £15.00 from the Guardian Bookshop

A great one for babies with art in their eyes:

Art for babyArt for Baby
Published by Templar books in support of the NSPCC
£8.19 from Amazon

And one for the brains who love QI:

The second book of general ignoranceThe Second Book of General Ignorance
By John Lloyd and John Michinson
Published by Faber, with an introduction by Stepehen Fry
£6.24 from Amazon

A foodies delight, full of taste sensations:

By Rebecca Seal
The best recipes from Observer Food Monthly, published by Guardian and Observer Books.
£17.50 from the Guardian Bookshop

And a guaranteed winner for hard-to-buy relations:

history of the world in 100 objectsA History of the World in 100 Objects
By Neil MacGregor
Companion book to the wonderful BBC Radio 4 Series of the same name.
£15 from Amazon (but be quick!)

Guardian University Guide 2011, edited by Kristen Harrison

Guardian University GuideThe Guardian University Guide is probably the most labour-intensive book we’ve produced to date. But, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Ain’t that how it goes?

This year we were in charge of the text while Two Associates designed the cover. Our task involved updating all of the core details – like university application submission dates, fees and statistics; coordinating the updates of over a hundred university profiles (which means dealing with each and every press office and tracking and recording their responses); updating the tables and statistics; sourcing hundreds of student and teacher quotations to accompany the text; marking up the manuscript; typesetting (thanks Nicky and Dennis) and doing a final proofread.  All of this was done in parallel with the team at Guardian Online (Alice Woolley and Katie Shimmon especially) who produce the online version, and with Matt Hiely-Rayner who provides the statistical information.

To add one further challenge, all this has to be done in a small window to ensure the book is up-to-date when it’s  published and this year the general election was held right in the middle of that window. I think we can probably withstand any level of editorial complexity after the experience.

Wanted: Freelance editors/proofreaders for Russian and Arabic (modern standard)

Work with the ‘peeps

Artypeeps are seeking a Russian proofreader and an Arabic proofreader to work on a 96pp book that we have recently had translated. The book will be typeset to match the English edition, so the proofreading task will primarily be to check the layout against the English version. Native Russian/Arabic speakers would be preferred and prior proofreading/editing experience is absolutely essential. Please send your CV, along with two samples of your work and contact details for two professional references, to Kristen Harrison:

Please note that due to a high number of applications for editorial work, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 26th August

Ah the joy of other pepper’s mistakes

Oh very dear. Penguin Australia have had to reprint 7000 copies of a cookbook after one recipe listed “salt and freshly ground black people” instead of black pepper. The work of naughty intern, perhaps? Read the full story on the BBC news website:

New titles from Guardian Books

In the last quarter of  2009 we proofread four (very different!) titles for Guardian Books. The subject matter ranged from disastrous dates to Gordon Brown.  Now they’re starting to hit the shelves so read more about them here and click through to the Guardian Books website to read more or purchase a copy.

The Wire / Steve Busfield and Paul Owen

Multi-layered, morally-challenging, action-packed – The Wire is an epic novel in the form of a TV programme. Nothing like it has been made before and – to its millions of fans – nothing as good will ever be made again. A cult hit in the US and the UK, it is a show that prompts endless debate. Is Omar Little the coolest criminal since Robin Hood? Which series has the best theme tune? Read more…

Soulmates / Sonali Fernando

  • Ever been ditched by someone you’ve never met?
  • Ever fallen in love via email?
  • Ever received an electronic wink?

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, the chances are that you’ve spent some time searching online for love. And if so, you’ve probably got a tale to tell. Read more…

What Went Wrong, Gordon Brown? / Colin Hughes

  • In opposition he was the strategic driving force behind New Labour
  • In government he was one of Britain’s most intellectually assured chancellors
  • Within his own party he seemed an unchallengeable power

Yet when Gordon Brown entered number 10 he stumbled, prevaricated; the ‘new dawn’ promise clouded over. What went wrong?  Read more…

The Protestor’s Handbook / Bibi Van Der Zee

Note: Pub date is April 2010

Are you worried about global warming? Furious about GM crops? Sick to death of human rights abuses, unaffordable housing, junk food, airport enlargement, or just the way your neighbour’s dog doesn’t clean up after itself? Read more…