Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt - Editor

Ottawa, KS, USA

Hugo nominated and national bestselling author and editor of 19 anthologies, and over 200 novels—let’s make a great story together!

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Hugo-nominated editor of 19 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. Request for sample edits encouraged. I specialize in developmental, line, and copy editing as well as proofing. References 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.
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 13 years)

I have 10 published novels, 4 more in the process of coming to publications, a dozen screenplays, 19 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, and many more. I have worked with both indie and traditional authors and publishers 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

Wordier 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 (38 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

Bryan Thomas has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Teretha Houston
On a scale from one to ten, Bryan ranks an eleven. He’s professional, fast, and thorough. I hired him to do copy editing on my novel, but he did far more than that. It was a pleasure working with him. I’ve sat in many writing classes and read a ton of “How to” books on writing. Bryan IS a “How to” book on writing. My only regret is that I didn’t start working with him sooner. I highly recommen...
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Teretha Houston, May 2022

Joshua Stoneman
Bryan really knows what he's doing! On top of that, he also knows how to mine your skills to where they need to go. He can quickly ascertain what and where your problems are. And give you incredible, timely, insight on how to finish your endeavor. He does NOT pull punches! Believe it or not, as authors, that is precisely what we need! I highly recommend him!

Joshua Stoneman, May 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Thanks bro. Happy writing and will talk soon

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Daniel Carsten
Bryan was very open with me about things from the start. He wound up finishing the project earlier than I had hoped for and I am grateful for his feedback and would love to work with him again on future projects.

Daniel Carsten, April 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
It was a pleasure and a fun story. I look forward to reading the finished product one day.

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Steven Shotts
It's been a fantastic experience working with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. He's super knowledgeable and was able to help me get to a point where I can build a great foundation for my book. I will be working with him again when the time comes! Thank you Brian!

Steven Shotts, March 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
My privilege. Good luck!

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Anthony Patrick
Bryan was very helpful and detailed in describing how I could make my book better. He also communicated well with me. I would recommend Bryan as he was professional and gave me a good and honest opinion of my work.

Anthony Patrick, March 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Thank you and good luck—it was really a pleasure to work with you.

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