Kieran Devaney

Kieran Devaney - Editor

Birmingham, UK

Experienced editor, copy editor and proofreader of crime fiction, thrillers, literary fiction and creative nonfiction.

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I am an experienced editor of crime novels and literary fiction. I have worked as a developmental editor on crime novels including the award-winning SEALED and EXIT MANAGEMENT by Naomi Booth, and Laura Ellen Joyce’s THE MUSEUM OF ATHEISM. I worked as a developmental editor on Helen Jukes's bestselling creative nonfiction book A HONEYBEE HEART HAS FIVE OPENINGS. I have also worked freelance for clients including newspapers, magazines, university research projects, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

My debut novel, DEAF AT SPIRAL PARK was published in 2013, and I have had short fiction and critical writing published in online journals. My short story “Sitcom” was chosen for BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES 2019 (Salt). I have worked as a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing, supervising university students working on literary and genre fiction. I hold a doctorate in contemporary fiction.

I really enjoy working with first-time authors, and I understand how to support a writer at every stage of their journey. As a writer, I understand the process from an authorial perspective as well as an editorial one, and I am sensitive to the emotional aspect of writing and editing. I help writers to polish their stories without imposing my own tastes on their work. I enjoy working with authors over the course of their careers and supporting them to develop their voice and giving them skills and knowledge that will be useful throughout their career.

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense


  • PhD in Contemporary Fiction, University of Brunel, 2015
  • MA in Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2009

Work experience

Associate Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing

York St John University
September, 2013 – January, 2014 (4 months)

I taught literature and creative writing to final year students at York St John University. I worked with students on their fiction and poetry writing, led workshops and provided feedback.

Freelance Editor/Transcriber

January, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

I have been providing freelance editorial and transcription services since 2012. In that time, I have worked for national newspapers and magazines, on research projects and papers for several universities and on National Lottery funded heritage projects.


January, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

My debut novel, 'Deaf at Spiral Park' was published by Salt. I have had short fiction published in literary journals. My short story “Sitcom” was chosen for 'Best British Short Stories 2019' (Salt) edited by Nicholas Royle. My critical work has appeared in academic journals and edited collections.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Exit Management

Booth, Naomi

The Museum of Atheism

Laura Joyce,Laura Ellen Joyce


Booth, Naomi

Deaf at Spiral Park

Devaney, Kieran

The Luminol Reels

Joyce, Laura Ellen

Hag: Forgotten Folk Lore, Retold As Feminist Fables

Daisy Johnson, Eimear McBride, Liv Little, Kirsty Logan, Naomi Booth, Emma Glass, Natasha Carthew, Mahsuda Snaith, Tom Curry, Cameron Crighton, Amy Lunn, Eimear McBride, Anjli Mohindra, Rhian Morgan, Maggie Service, Michelle Tiwo, Taj Atwal, Edward Rowe, Audible Original

Kieran has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Mohamed Kittani
It's not the first time I've been working with Mr. Devaney. I was so happy working with him. It was a delightful experience. He has been flawlessly professional, meticulous and very helpful. I enjoyed his comments and notes. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with him. Would love to have another collaboration with him in the not too distant future.

Mohamed Kittani, April 2021

Patrick Brehme
It was a pleasure to work with Kieran. He definitely helped me improve my peace.

Patrick Brehme, April 2021

Mohamed Kittani
It was such a great experience working with Mr. Kieran. He was quick, professional and extremely patient with my text. I appreciated his thoughtfulness and candor in his comments. I’d definitely recommend and use his services again.

Mohamed Kittani, January 2021

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