Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt - Editor

Ottawa, KS, USA

Hugo nominated and #1 bestselling author and editor of 21 anthologies, and over 200 novels—let’s make a great story together!

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I specialize in developmental, line, and copy editing as well as proofing. References available upon request. 3-5 page sample edit available upon request. I do tend to get a lot of requests and book up fast, so just be aware. I love working with authors though. But before I make an offer, I will ask to see at least 30 pages of your manuscript. I am very selective because I want to work with the best.

NOTE: Now booking April 2023. First come, first serve. Thanks.

More About Me:
#1 bestselling/Hugo-nominated editor of 21 anthologies and over 200 novels, including Andy Weir’s The Martian and books by Frank Herbert, Todd McCaffrey, Angie Fox, and many more. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. He has written for such popular franchises as Predator, Aliens, Monster Hunter International, Aliens vs. Predators, The X-Files, Joe Ledger, Decipher’s WARS, and many more. Extensive experience in science fiction (especially space opera and military scifi), fantasy (epic fantasy and urban fantasy, sword and sorcery), horror, thrillers, women’s fiction, mystery (especially noir and procedural), western, and nonfiction genres. Author of HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION.
English (US)
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy
Writing & Publishing


  • 2x Hugo nominee
  • National bestseller
  • Barnes and Noble’s Year’s Best

Work experience

Freelance Editor/Author

September, 2008 – Present (over 14 years)

I have 10 published novels, 4 more in the pipeline, a dozen screenplays, 22 edited anthologies, 30 published short stories, 1 published nonfiction books, and editing credits on numerous novels including those by Andy Weir, Angie Fox, Todd McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, JÁ Pitts, Tracy Hickman & Dan Willis, Kate Corcino, Quincy J. Allen, Mike Resnick, and many more. I have over 30 books out from publishers like St. Martins Press, Baen Books, Titan Books, IDW, Blackstone Publishing, & more. I have worked with both indie and traditional authors in genres that include science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, women’s fiction, historical, nonfiction, gaming, and more.

“Bryan is an excellent editor. He worked with me and customized his service to what I needed. He got the job done quickly and thoroughly. I recommend him to any who are interested.” ~ Andy Weir, Author (The Martian, Random House 2014)

Acquisitions Editor

25 and Y
March, 2020 – July, 2021 (over 1 year)

I acquired books for the various publications lines, including a mystery line I was Managing Editor for, and also produced SURVIVING TOMORROW a charity anthology for COVID testing kits.

In House Editor

Wordfire Press
April, 2014 – May, 2018 (about 4 years)

I edited books for Wordfire including those for Frank Herbert, JÁ Pitts, Gray Rinehart, Mike Rensick, Tracy Hickman & Dan Willis, Quincy J. Allen, Julie Frost, and many more.

“Bryan Thomas Schmidt shows insight both as an editor and as a reader. He understands stories on several levels, from the big picture to the small details, and he helps the author sculpt the best possible book.”~ Kevin J. Anderson, publisher, WordFire Press

Portfolio (40 selected works)

Predator: Eyes of the Demon

Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor, various, John McLain, Neil Shah, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Stacy Gonzalez, Kevin Kenerly, Joe Hempel, Lucy Rayner, Traber Burns, Natalie Naudus, Hillary Huber, Bradford Hastings, Blackstone Publishing

The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunters International)

Correia, Larry, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers: The Definitive Anthology of Space Opera

Campbell, Jack, Card, Orson Scott, Huff, Tanya, Chambers, Becky, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Predator: If It Bleeds

Mayne, Andrew, Grant, Mira, Anderson, Kevin J., Maberry, Jonathan, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Aliens vs. Predators - Ultimate Prey

Ozawa, Louis, Sigler, Scott, Broaddus, Maurice, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Maberry, Jonathan

Infinite Stars

Weber, David, Herbert, Brian, Moon, Elizabeth, Card, Orson Scott, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Surviving Tomorrow: A Charity Anthology

Schmidt, Bryan, Gaiman, Neil, Card, Orson, Doctorow, Cory, Wacks, Peter, Silverberg, Robert, Blackburne, Livia, McGuire, Seanan, Yarbro, Chelsea, Crispin, A.

Shattered Shields

Brozek, Jennifer, Brozek, Jennifer, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable

Maberry, Jonathan, Maberry, Jonathan, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Little Green Men—Attack!

Schmidt, Brian Thomas, Schmidt, Brian Thomas, Bailey, Robin Wayne

Beyond the Sun

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Galactic Games

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Decision Points

Card, Orson Scott, Anderson, Kevin J, Bujold, Lois McMaster, Okorafor, Nnedi, Brozek, Jennifer, Maberry, Jonathan, Sawyer, Robert J, Myers, E. C., Silverberg, Robert, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Mission: Tomorrow

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

The Martian

Andy Weir

City of Angels

McCaffrey, Todd

A Game of Authors

Herbert, Frank

Pack Dynamics

Frost, Julie


Vargas, Phillip

The Angel of the Abyss

Schwaeble, Hank

Maximum Velocity: The Best of the Full-Throttle Space Tales

Summers, David Lee, Resnick, Mike, Ward, Dayton, Hightshoe, Carol, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Brozek, Jennifer, Henderson, C.J., Boop, David, Torgersen, Brad R., Hoffman, W. A.

Clod Makes A Friend

Pedersen, David J., Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Fine, Danielle

Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story)

Ward, Timothy C., Welch, Titus, Perry, Lyndon, Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

Robots through the Ages: Anthology

Robert Silverberg, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Robert Silverberg, Bryan Thomas Schmidt

The Hitherto Secret Experiments of Marie Curie

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, Herz, Henry

Bryan Thomas has 23 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Thomas R. Weaver
Bryan is a fantastic editor. Not only did he bring some fantastic perspective and suggestions to my work, his suggested edits actually levelled up my writing dramatically, even having already gone through copy editing and other structural edits before. In particular, he changed the way I pace my scenes and how I open them. My second book, in progress, has benefited from this shift too. Thanks B...
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Thomas R. Weaver, January 2023

Candace Freilich
Developmental edit was performed quickly and professionally. Great communication and helpful feedback

Candace Freilich, January 2023

Mark Swenson
Bryan’s insight and professionalism took my script to the next level. He says what needs to be said drawn from his considerable experience. Thanks for your time Bryan. It was great working with you.

Mark Swenson, December 2022

Maria Chu
It was great working with Bryan. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and punctual. I learned a lot by working with him. I would definitely use his services again.

Maria Chu, December 2022

Barbara Blake
Bryan was a delight to work with! The editorial report provided straightforward and useful suggestions on how to improve my novel. The marked up copy of the manuscript was invaluable in understanding what I had done well, plus what needed work. It included how to go about making the changes needed with explanations of why the changes needed to be made. Bryan responded promptly to my messages an...
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Barbara Blake, November 2022

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