Would you like some help with your book or script?
I have more than 20 years' experience working across book publishing, journalism and film.
I have worked in publishing for 17 years, as a commissioning editor at Old Street Publishing since May 20023, as a non-fiction editor at Bloomsbury from 2022-23, and previously at Amber Books Ltd and Weldon Owen UK.
As a freelance editor, I have experience in commissioning, structural edits and copy-editing, with clients including HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Omnibus Press Ltd, Elwin Street Productions and even the United Nations.
I have worked with authors such as Pico Iyer, Frank Dikötter, Lucy Lethbridge, Mark Wormald, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Flora Fraser and Kavita Puri.
I have edited non-fiction books ranging from biography such as Michael Peppiatt's Giacometti in Paris: A Life (Bloomsbury 2023) and Emer O'Sullivan's The Rebellion of a Dutiful Daughter: The Conflicted Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Bloomsbury 2023) to popular science in Adam Zeman's The Shape of Things Unseen: A New Science of Imagination (Bloomsbury 2024) and illustrated titles such as Michael Kerrigan's Amazing Churches of the World (Amber 2020) and Lawrence Joffe's Abandoned Sacred Places (Amber 2019).
I have also worked with Writers & Artists and The Literary Consultancy, helping new writers develop their work so that it is ready to present to the industry.
As an author, I have written popular history for adults - Dark History of Hollywood - and for children - Disasters.
I have also worked for The Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail, finding non-fiction books to serialise.
Film and TV projects
I'm a graduate in screenwriting from the National Film & Television School, where my work included two award-winning short animation films, co-written and directed by Matthew Hood. I have worked for The Literary Consultancy for many years and, before that, read hundreds of scripts for Film4 and The Works.
I couldn’t have been more fortunate in the editor who helped my first book The Catch through the production process, a first round of readings and then into paperback. Kieron Connolly is an accomplished writer as well as editor, and offered his expertise and experience with a rare quiet warmth and reassurance, combining wise and practical advice with real sensitivity and efficiency. I’m hugely grateful.
Mark Wormald, The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes (Bloomsbury)
I can thoroughly recommend Kieron as an editor who is calm, reliable, efficient, creative and always good-humoured. He has a logical head and can untangle knots in plots whilst working to a tight schedule.
Philip Steele, Escape the Mummy’s Tomb
(Blue Streak Books)
Kieron edited my novel in its early days and gave me very specific advice on what I needed to improve in terms of plot structure as well regarding certain aspects of my writing such as setting and dialogue. I would highly recommend Kieron and am very grateful for the detailed written feedback and the valuable discussion.
Siya Turabi, The Last Beekeeper
(One More Chapter/HarperCollins)
Kieron did a structural edit on my travel book and memoir, The Bicycle Clip Diaries. He was detailed and contentious throughout. His editing work was excellent and his comments incredibly useful in guiding the book towards a final product.
Although an inherently challenging process, it was made pleasurable by Kieron’s amiable tone and thorough professionalism.
Nick Raistrick, The Bicycle Clip Diaries
I found Kieron a close and careful but un-fussy editor, quick to spot my mistakes or infelicities but never inclined to intervene just for the sake of it. I really feel he got the best out of me as a writer.
Michael Kerrigan, Amazing Churches of the World
(Amber Books Ltd)
If you would like help shaping a non-fiction book or novel, are keen for a professional read of your screenplay, or are looking for a ghostwriter, please get in touch.