Kieron Connolly

Kieron Connolly - Editor

London, UK

I edit and write non-fiction about history and culture for adults and children. I have also worked publicising books in national newspapers.

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Overview

I have a breadth of experience across publishing, having worked as an editor, author and publicist, as well as having worked for a national newspaper buying serialisation rights on non-fiction books.

I have edited non-fiction books for adults and children on topics ranging from history to travel to photography. I have also been employed to write up numerous book proposals for publishers hoping to sell their ideas for the co-edition market.

I have worked as a commissioning editor, structural editor and copy editor, my clients including Harper Collins, Constable & Robinson, Omnibus Press, Elwin Street Productions and the United Nations Development Programme.

In addition, I have worked as a book publicist, getting coverage in the Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail, Daily Express and MailOnline, as well as monthly magazines and BBC Radio London.

From the other side, as a journalist, I worked for many years reading new non-fiction to find strong storylines – whether from celebrities or human interest stories – that could work as extracts for the Mail on Sunday and also the Daily Mail.

As an author, I have written popular history books, such as Dark History of Hollywood and Bloody History of America, as well as launching Amber Books' hugely popular Abandoned series, with Abandoned Places. For children, I have written books on mythology, such as World's Worst Monsters & Villains and Stories of the Constellations, as well as history, such as Disasters.

I have also written six humour books, including Pugs in Space, Fat Cats and Dogs Gone Bad.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
History
Travel

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
June, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

As a freelance editor, I have worked for HarperCollins, Constable (Little, Brown), Omnibus Press Ltd, Elwin Street Productions and the United Nations Development Programme.

Across these my work has ranged from commissioning new authors to outlining new titles, from structural editing to copy-editing.

Children's Editor

Weldon Owen International
February, 2020 – June, 2020 (4 months)

I was responsible for editing children's illustrated non-fiction. Responsibilities included:

- Commissioning authors
- grading text for the correct language level
- rewriting text
- mapping out a choose-your-own-adventure book
- Briefing designers
- Picture research

Editor

Amber Books Ltd
February, 2006 – February, 2020 (about 14 years)

At Amber Books Ltd, I edited a number of illustrated non-fiction books, as well as becoming the company's in-house publicist.

As an editor, I helped writers through the editorial process, from commissioning them to checking their drafts, from alerting them to inconsistencies to drawing their attention to where further clarification was needed and on to final layouts and proofreading. Through this, we always came out with a better book.

I was also responsible for devising books, writing hundreds of pitches for prospective titles, writing blurbs, conducting picture research, and writing quizzes on history and pop music for apps.

Topics ranged from travel, such as Coast or the Visual Explorer Guide: Canada, to illustrated history with Abandoned Sacred Places and Amazing Churches of the World to Tai Chi and the I Ching.

As the publisher's publicist, I placed features or extracts with the Guardian, Observer, Daily Mail, Daily Express and MailOnline, as well as reviews in monthly magazines.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

the Bicycle Clip Diaries

Raistrick, Nick

Abandoned Sacred Places

Joffe, Lawrence

Abandoned Castles

Connolly, Kieron

Stories of the Constellations

Kieron Connolly

How did the Great Bear get its name? Where can I find Orion in the sky? And why is the constellation of Cassiopeia hanging upside down?Stories of the Constellations collects 40 classic myths and legends of the night sky. Aries may be a ram, but why can it be found among the stars? How can you find the Big Dipper? What are the stories behind Cancer the Crab, Sagittarius the Centaur and Hydra th... read more

How did the Great Bear get its name? Where can I find Orion in the sky? And why is the constellation of Cassiopeia hanging upside down?Stories of the Constellations collects 40 classic myths and legends of the night sky. Aries may be a ram, but why can it be found among the stars? How can you find the Big Dipper? What are the stories behind Cancer the Crab, Sagittarius the Centaur and Hydra th... read more

A-Z of Dinosaurs

Kieron Connolly

The names of dinosaurs are some of the first impressively long words that children learn. From Apatosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex to Zephyrosaurus, The A-Z of Dinosaurs presents 26 fun dinosaurs to learn the names of. Each dinosaur is illustrated with an outstanding colour artwork, while a short description outlines the animal’s main characteristics. Also, there is a guide to the pronunciation o... read more

The names of dinosaurs are some of the first impressively long words that children learn. From Apatosaurus to Tyrannosaurus rex to Zephyrosaurus, The A-Z of Dinosaurs presents 26 fun dinosaurs to learn the names of. Each dinosaur is illustrated with an outstanding colour artwork, while a short description outlines the animal’s main characteristics. Also, there is a guide to the pronunciation o... read more

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Scratching, Kat

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