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. 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 mid-November through January. First come, first serve. Thanks.
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 (about 14 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

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 (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 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Seain Dunne
Bryan is a phenomenal editor. Professional and very insightful. I would recommend any author seek him out for initial editing and guidance for developing their work. You won't regret it.

Seain Dunne, September 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
It was a pleasure. Best of luck with your career and books.

Reply from Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Brian Gifford
Bryan was awesome. Brutally honest and extremely developmental, he managed to provide outstanding and actionable feedback without being condescending or harsh. Would absolutely recommend.

Brian Gifford, August 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
It was a pleasure. I wish you the greatest success and look forward to working with you again.

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Patricia Hickman
I've written 17 novels, most for the Big 5 Houses. Since switching genres in a major way, I'm starting over and my first pubbed novel in the new genre has to be perfect. I found Bryan Schmidt on Reedsy and I'm glad i did. His price is affordable. He even works out payments. He stayed in touch while he was editing, although as a vet I don't need my hand held. Still, how refreshing! I'm halfway t...
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Patricia Hickman, August 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Thank you I’m humbled by your kind words and I really enjoyed your book and wish you the most success with it. It’s a pleasure

Reply from Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Excellent feedback in pinpointing the issues in my story and concrete methods to resolve those issues.

L REDDING, August 2022

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Thanks much. It was a pleasure to work with you and I really look forward to your future success

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Chris Berg
Working with Bryan has been terrific. He's a true pro, punctual and more than generous with his time and expertise. In every respect, Bryan went beyond our expectations, all to our benefit. He made the process extremely valuable and the relationship was EXACTLY what we needed. We're looking forward to the next collaboration. Chris Berg and Paul James Smith

Chris Berg, July 2022

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